Mon, 06 Aug 2012
Enterprise Bug Fixes
Today, an unimportant but interesting bug #313291 has been fixed in RHEL 5. Here is the timeline:
- 2007-09-30: I reported the bug.
- 2007-10-03: The package maintainer found the upstream change which fixed the bug.
- 2007-10-05: I have verified that this trivial patch fixed the bug for me.
- 2012-08-06: The errata and the fixed package have been released.
I am grateful that the bug has been fixed after all this time,
but I don't use RHEL 5 anymore, and
mutt in RHEL 6 got the fix
from the upstream.
I wonder why they even bothered to fix the bug after so much time,
and even release the new
mutt package fixing this single bug.
This is not a complaint, this is hopefully an interesting insight to
the release process of RHEL packages. Maybe some high-profile customer
wanted this bug fixed. Who knows?
2 replies for this story:
Vašek Stodůlka wrote:
...or maybe some package maintainer, whose salary is dependent on how many bug fixes he delivers, wanted to earn some easy money, or package maintainers have a new boss, who want to earn some points and he wants to have "fixed bugs in month" key performance indicator higher, than the previous man. :-)
... or maybe we just reached 5th year of fixing more important issues of RHEL5. :))