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There must be a name for bugs you only find post-release

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:32:38 GMT

This week I made two releases of my mail client. Immediately after both releases I found bugs. Despite having been using the github source tree on my box for reading mail for days.

There must be a name for bugs that come up immediately after you've just made a release.

I'm torn between wanting to make a new release right now to fix the thing I spotted, or wait a few more days to fix a few other niggles.

Still I did write some cool code today:

  1. If a mail is received on the list debian.security-announce
  2. And the package in the Subject: is not installed on the current machine.
  3. The mail is marked as read.

Sure this means that a package on my webserver won't be visible to me, but my upgrade tool will see that. It just decreases the odds I read about an update that doesn't apply to me.

ObQuote: "don't pay heed to temptation
for his hands are so cold"

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Comments On This Entry

[gravitar] KiBi

Submitted at 20:07:36 on 18 July 2013

Beware of source package vs. binary package(s)!

[gravitar] jasonq

Submitted at 21:31:34 on 18 July 2013

I've been calling them gremlins for at least 25 years!

[gravitar] Anonymous

Submitted at 21:46:47 on 18 July 2013

It's called a "brown paper bag bug".

[gravitar] Stereo

Submitted at 12:55:38 on 19 July 2013

Banana bugs, because they only ripen when the final customer gets them? See also: banana software.

 

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