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Subject: [boost] Boost Bug Sprint #3 starts tomorrow!
From: Marshall Clow (mclow.lists_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-04 14:00:11

The bug sprint will run from tomorrow June 5th until Sunday, June 13th.

As of 11:00 AM PST today, there are currently have 992 open tickets.

The goal is to classify and fix bugs, and to close Trac tickets.

For those just joining in, the tickets live at
The instructions (mostly repeated here) for the first bug sprint are at

As the bug sprint progresses, I will be posting updates to the list and to

What can you do?

You can fix bugs
        • If you are a library maintainer, you can commit your fixes.
        • If you are not a library maintainer, you can fix a problem on your local machine (and test it!!), and then attach your fix as a patch to the Trac ticket for the library maintainer to commit. If you do this, please provide a test case that exercises the problem; i.e, one that fails w/o your patch, and succeeds afterwards.

You can characterize bugs
        • You can attempt to replicate the bug on your system(s), and attach information that you discover to the Trac ticket. This will make it easier for other people to solve the problem, even if you cannot.
        • You can write test cases demonstrating the problem, and attach them to the Trac ticket.
        • You can determine if the bug still exists; sometimes they get fixed, and the ticket never gets closed. In this case, try to identify a checkin that addresses the bug; it's always suspicious when bugs go away "by accident."

You can test patches
        • Some of the tickets in the Trac system contain patches - some are quite old. You can install these patches on your system, and determine if they (a) build, and (b) work. If you do this, please provide detail. Don't just say "works for me" - say "I installed this over revision XXX on system YYY with compiler ZZZ. The patch installed and compiled successfully, and passed all the tests."
        • You can write test cases for the patches, and attach them to the ticket.

You can help implement new features
        • There are a whole set of "feature requests" in the Trac system. If you have an idea about one of these, you can add comments to the Trac system. You can attempt to implement these new features, and attach the patch to the ticket. (Don't forget the test cases!!).

There are several Trac reports that I find helpful for looking at the bugs:

Open ticket count by owner:
Open ticket count by component:
Open ticket count by type (Overwhelmingly, these are 'bugs')
Open ticket count by milestone:

and, of course, the main report at

Some things I see while looking at these reports:
* There are 82 bugs with a milestone of "Boost 1.36.0", which was released 22 months ago.
* There are 24 tickets with no owner, of which 15 are 'bugs'.
* There are 63 tickets with no milestone attached; we have the "to be determined" milestone for cases where you're not sure when the fix will go in.

-- Marshall

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