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Email is the problem

Email is the problem

Posted Nov 15, 2007 13:14 UTC (Thu) by Cato (subscriber, #7643)
Parent article: Various topics related to kernel quality

Surely the problem is that email is a relatively blunt tool to track bugs and fixes?
Something web-based that lets you track the bug over time, relate it to duplicates, attach
patches, make comments, etc, would seem a better idea - by having subsystem tags such as SCSI
you could also enable smaller groups of developers to focus on their area.  Also, maybe the
kernel needs bug triage people who simply prioritise and tag bugs so they find their way to
the right developer community.

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Email is the problem

Posted Nov 15, 2007 17:27 UTC (Thu) by iabervon (subscriber, #722) [Link]

The original email in this thread was a list of bugs listed in the kernel bugzilla that had
gotten "no attention". As it turned out, many of the bugs had gotten attention in email from
developers, and some of them had been fixed. Of course, none of this was clear from the web
site, which isn't sufficiently useful for most people who actually fix bugs to bother using
for serious discussion.

The issue with using anything other than email is that people will pretty much never remember
to do any particular thing other than reading their email, and they only really look at the
main content of the email. They'll probably ignore links and attachments. And what they'd do
is a bunch of research and local work, and then reply to the email. Anything that depends on
some other way of getting people's attention or detecting their responses isn't going to work.

Email is the problem

Posted Nov 16, 2007 20:25 UTC (Fri) by oak (guest, #2786) [Link]

Bugzilla works also through email, at least to an extent.
It could also be set to send mail/CC to LKML.

Email is the problem

Posted Nov 27, 2007 0:54 UTC (Tue) by Tara_Li (subscriber, #26706) [Link]

Perhaps the answer is a weekly summary/digest kind of report from each of the sub-lists, that
gets posted to the main list and any related lists (libata goes to the filesystems group, and
vice-versa), and a similar list from the main list going to the sublists...

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