[Haskell-cafe] Announcing the GHC Bug Sweep

Roman Cheplyaka roma at ro-che.info
Mon Nov 16 17:16:28 EST 2009

Cool, I'm in! (Also inspired by [1]this post by Erik de Castro Lopo)

It would be nice to keep track of participants somewhere, so that each
of us knows he's not alone :)

  1. http://www.mega-nerd.com/erikd/Blog/CodeHacking/DDC/hacking_ddc.html

* Simon Marlow <marlowsd at gmail.com> [2009-11-16 16:29:46+0000]
> Help us weed the GHC ticket database, and get a warm fuzzy feeling from  
> contributing to Haskell core technology!
> There are currently ~750 tickets against GHC.  Many of them have not been 
> looked at in months or years.  Often when I go through old tickets I find 
> easy targets: bugs that have already been fixed, duplicates, bugs that are 
> not reproducible and the submitter has gone away.
> So the idea we have is this: do an incremental sweep of the whole  
> database, starting from the oldest tickets.  Check each one, and try to  
> make some progress on it.  If we get enough momentum going we can make  
> sure every ticket gets looked at every few months at the least.
> This is a game for the whole family!  We don't care how much progress you 
> make on each ticket, just as long as someone has taken a look and moved 
> the ticket forward in some way.  For example, you might check for  
> duplicates, update the metadata, ask for more information from the  
> submitter, try to reproduce the bug against the latest version of GHC.
> To claim a ticket all you have to do is remove it from the list on the  
> wiki.  Full instructions are here
>   http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/BugSweep
> including a list of suggestions for ways to make progress on a ticket.

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