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SubjectRe: bug database braindump from the kernel summit
if we want to get the .config as part of the report then we need to make
it part of the kernel in some standard way (the old /proc/config flamewar)
it's difficult enough sometimes for the sysadmin of a box to know what
kernel is running on it, let alone a bug reporting script.

David Lang

On Sun, 1 Apr
2001, Jeff Garzik wrote:

> Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 17:48:34 -0500 (CDT)
> From: Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@mandrakesoft.com>
> To: Manfred Spraul <manfred@colorfullife.com>
> Cc: Albert D. Cahalan <acahalan@cs.uml.edu>, lm@bitmover.com,
> linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Re: 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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