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SubjectRe: bug database braindump from the kernel summit
On Sun, 1 Apr 2001, Manfred Spraul wrote:
> From: "Jeff Garzik" <jgarzik@mandrakesoft.com>
> >
> > /proc/pci data alone with every bug report is usually invaluable.
>
> Even if the bug is a compile error?

In fact, yes. Having the tuple of: .config, /proc/pci, and compile
error output, you can see additionally if the user is doing something
wrong.

It allows you to fix the user as well as the compile error ;-)


> E.g.
> BUG REPORT (a real one, I didn't have the time yet to post a patch):
> kernel versions: tested with 2.4.2-ac24, afaics 2.4.3 is also affected
> Description:
> Several config options are missing in the 'if' at the end of
> linux/drivers/net/pcmcia/Config.in.
> This means that CONFIG_PCMCIA_NETCARD is not set, and then (iirc) the
> kernel won't link.
>
> CONFIG_ARCNET_COM20020_CS
> CONFIG_PCMCIA_HERMES
> CONFIG_AIRONET4500_CS
> CONFIG_PCMCIA_IBMTR
> are missing.

noted.

> Obviously too much data doesn't hurt, as long as
> * it's hidden somewhere deep in a database, clearly separated from the
> important parts (if there is an oops: decoded oops, description, how
> easy is it to trigger the bug, steps to reproduce)
> * very easy for the bug reporter to collect.
> * not mandatory.

agreed.

Regards,

Jeff




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