[Haskell-cafe] Re: Announcing the GHC Bug Sweep

Simon Marlow marlowsd at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 06:55:11 EST 2009

On 16/11/2009 16:29, Simon Marlow wrote:
> 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.

Thanks to all those who have helped out so far.  The bug database now 
has fewer bugs than a couple of days ago (we're now at 738).  It's not 
much, but we're heading in the right direction.


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