[Yaird-devel] Interested to help
andreimpopescu at gmail.com
Sun Aug 5 05:04:08 UTC 2007
On Sat, Aug 04, 2007 at 09:56:35PM +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> Andrei Popescu skrev:
> > On Sat, Aug 04, 2007 at 07:58:13PM +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> >>> Ok, ... I'm interested. But be warned, I'm not a coder.
> >> Excellent!
> >> Please start by subscribing to the yaird mailinglist - more info at
> >> http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/yaird-devel
> >> Let's continue the conversation there, rather than at this bugreport.
> > Ok, I'm in :)
> Being "not a coder" is relative. I don't consider myself a "coder"
> either - but rather a "packager" and a "scripter".
> Are you familiar with creating diffs and applying patches? With
> compiling a package made by others? With pulling source out of a
> subversion repository?
I've done it before (I'm also in the Romanian translators team and work
on the site), but I wouldn't say I'm familiar.
> Even if none of it, I can still use help maintaining the mailinglist and
> the various bugreports piling up.
> The mailinglist is setup to not allow posts from non-subscribers by
> default. We want input also from "outsiders", also rude, boring ones, as
> long as it is related to yaird. Only spam is unacceptable. If interested
> in helping with the screening of non-subscriber posts, I'll send you the
> administration password privately.
You could encrypt it as well.
> There's an annoying limitation that automated posts from the BTS is
> blocked - so if you want to help handling bugs, you really should help
> screen the mailinglist too, to make sure all bugreports have arrived
> when you dig into them.
That's ok, as I spend a lot of time reading lists anyway ;)
> For the BTS, as you mentioned yourself, there's the task of spotting and
> merging multiple bugreports about identical issues. You may know it
> already, but there's a short circuit to looking up bugs:
> http://bugs.debian.org/ redirects to info about usage
> http://bugs.debian.org/yaird redirects to list of all yaird bugs
> http://bugs.debian.org/435560 redirects to bug#435560
> Tell me what you want to work on :-)
Let's start with bug/mailing list triage and we'll take it from there.
Just so you know. The yaird package and I have a history :) Two years
ago when I started using Debian (sarge was at r0) I didn't want to stick
with sarge so I upgraded directly to sid. All was fine until after a few
weeks I got hit by a yaird bug which would make an unbootable initrd and
I had no spare kernel (now I always keep 2 or 3 installed ;). With a
little help from the debian-user list I repaired my install by chrooting
from a Knoppix disk. I'm running sid ever since.
About one year ago I changed my laptop so I took the opportunity to make
a clean sid install. When I was selecting packages I stumbled on yaird
(initramfs-tools was installed by default) so I installed it again
because I like the concept of a software built to optimize as much as
possible. The universal initrd is for people who have no idea of kernel
modules, ... I'm not very fond of universal solutions, I'm using the
software that suits my needs, like yaird, mutt, vim, IceWM, postfix,
getmail, maildrop (though I recommend KDE to novices).
Ok, bragging time over. As said before, I'm reading a lot of lists
anyway so a bit of additional traffic won't bother me (it gives me a
chance to improve my .mailfilter writing skills ;).
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
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