Read the followup by pagexec
Posted Jun 11, 2011 22:33 UTC (Sat) by mingo
In reply to: Read the followup by pagexec
Parent article: Quotes of the week
Just because you say they don't mention a bug fixes booting issues, or filesystem corruption, doesn't make it the case.
Well, in my 15+ years of kernel maintenance experience, developers are generally very
bad at writing changelogs, so yes, even if developers are aware of some serious side-effect, they more often than not do not properly mention it in the changelog.
You mention boot crashes: i'm an arch maintainer so i look after lowlevel code which is literally a magnet for boot crashes, and the majority of boot crash fixes come to me with a change-log that does not mention this fact - often i have to reconstruct it myself.
If you ever were in the position to write features and fix bugs for a big and popular OSS project you'd realize that it's a pretty natural process:
developers are happy that they fixed the bug, they describe how they fixed it and what the behaviour now is - then they move on, they don't live in the past trying to figure out what other side-effects a bug might have and they don't try to find ways to break into the system.
They just spent hours or days debugging some bug and want to move on, so writing the changelog is often only an afterthought.
Linux is also very international, so often there's a language barrier that reduces the willingness of developers to write good changelogs and which degrades the quality of changelogs.
There's exceptions, but it's rare.
Come on, this is ridiculous. I'm not going to argue with someone so detached from reality.
I think you are the one detached from reality - you clearly have absolutely no idea how Linux kernel developers think when they write fixes and in this discussion you have demonstrated that you have no idea how the Linux kernel development process works.
To compound your mistake you also insult almost everyone who happens to disagree with you. I hope you behave in a different way with your loved ones.
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