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

Simon Marlow marlowsd at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 06:59:37 EST 2009

On 16/11/2009 22:32, Michael Lesniak wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm also interested and find Roman's idea about a wiki-page for
> tracking motivating.
>>> 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.
> What I'd really like to see is a kind of categorization according to
> the topic, difficulty etc.... I think determing these things could be
> quite difficult for a GHC newbie (e.g. me). Any plans to do this?

If you go to the "Custom Query" section of Trac, you can do these kinds 
of searches.  The field "Component" is for the part of the system that 
the ticket applies to (e.g. compiler, run-time system, build system 
etc.), and "Difficulty" is a rough idea of how much work is involved. 
Obviously the difficulty varies a lot depending on who is doing the 
work, which is why I say it's a rough idea.

These fields aren't always set correctly, which is one of the things 
that we hope to improve with the bug sweep.


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