Subject: Re: [boost] Bug-fix volunteers: risks, downsides?
From: Chris Jefferson (chris_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-10-30 06:52:31
On 29 October 2010 15:28, Jim Bell <Jim_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> To round out the discussion...
> What risks or downsides would there be to recruiting a little legion of
> bug-fix volunteers and turning them loose on the tickets and/or
> regression matrix?
Often fixing bugs on major compilers can break them on less ones, and
sometimes these aren't noticed (I for example run testers for clang,
which are sometimes broken). I don't know the best way of doing this,
but ideally bug fixes by volunteers would want to have a "no compiler
is more broken than it was before" requirement. This would obviously
slow down how quickly bug fixes could be applied, because there would
need to be a cycle of the testers to see which new problems have been
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