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First NetBSD Bugathon a Success 32

Daniel de Kok writes "Last weekend the first NetBSD Bugathon weekend was organized by Elad Efrat to handle as many open PRs (problem reports) as possible in a weekend, checking and fixing the bugs that were reported. Although the first Bugathon was not announced widely, it was a success: about 30 developers and 20 users closed around 270 PRs, bringing the number of open PRs down from 4200 to less than 4000. The next Bugathon will take place on 7-8 October, and NetBSD users and developers are invited to help fixing bugs and handling PRs."
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First NetBSD Bugathon a Success

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  • Impressive (Score:3, Interesting)

    by MetalliQaZ ( 539913 ) on Monday September 25, 2006 @02:11PM (#16188153)
    Thats not bad for 30 devs and 8 hours. Not bad at all.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 25, 2006 @02:23PM (#16188359)
    I'm getting tired of the same people who say "fewer bugs" but only really mean "fewer bugs...but only on the x386 or PPC architectures"
    The last few versions of NETBSD has been seriously broken on the VAX architecture
    (and before you say, "well, YOU Have the something about it!"... I have been trying, but some of the bugs are beyond my abilities)

    I would feel much better if NETBSD was just truthful and say "ok, we USED to run on a bunch of different architectures, but we don't anymore"
    We keep getting the high-and-mighty "NETBSD runs on 40 different platforms"...NO IT DOES NOT.

    It's like saying I speak English, French, Spanish, Russian, and German... my mother tounge is English...I took French in high school. I know a smattering of Spanish from watching TV. I took one year of Russian & German in University.
    Realisticly, I only speak English.
    Realisticly, NETBSD only runs properly on about ten platforms, not 40
    • by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Monday September 25, 2006 @02:36PM (#16188569) Journal
      Have you tried OpenBSD? I know it's had a lot of work done on the VAX port recently, including adding support for some VAXstation framebuffers (this is only in -CURRENT at the moment, but will be included with OpenBSD 4.0, due in a month or so).
      • Yeah, for the most part, I have given up on NETBSD on my collection of VAX systems and I've converted over to OpenBSD which seems to be running just fine.
        It's too bad...I really liked NetBSD, but then it seemed to fall off the "test all architectures" rails a couple of years ago
    • by dtfinch ( 661405 ) *
      I'm still struggling to run Firefox on NetBSD 3.0.1 on x86. I'm new to NetBSD though, so I could be doing something wrong. I get "Segmentation fault (core dumped) firefox" after 30 seconds of high cpu usage whenever I try to run it. Mozilla gets a little further, displaying its main window, then crashes in the same fashion. I can't explain it. I installed it via pkgsrc, but as I've said I'm new to NetBSD.
      • Which version of Firefox did you install? I'm running a native build from pkgsrc, but I've encountered occasional problems in the past with some of the emulated Linux binaries.

        • by dtfinch ( 661405 ) *
          I think I did something simple like pkg_add firefox, after setting PKG_PATH to what I thought was current, and it installed /usr/pkg/bin/firefox runs /usr/pkg/lib/firefox/firefox-bin, which is 91732 bytes.

          When I installed it, it gave me a warning that the repository was for 3.0 when I had 3.0.1, but since I could not find a 3.0.1 repository on the netbsd ftp site, I figured it was a bogus warning.
      • I've run firefox on 3.0 (and now 4_BETA) pretty much every day, and the last crash I had would have been a couple of months back (I had a dozen or so MB of XML files open and multiple media playing windows).

        One thing to definitely test would be your machine's memory. If you can write a CD or floppy image I would strongly suggest downloading memtest from [] and leaving it running overnight.
    • by archen ( 447353 )
      Maybe NetBSD would be better off only trying to support the top 10 archetectures. I mean we have to look at reality here, and that is that the NetBSD project is not all that big (compaired to say Linux) and they can't be expected to support absolutely everything. Not only that, but given the obscurity of some hardware makes it rather hard to test in some cases.

      Sometimes I think that they might be better off clipping the back end of the support chain of the least supported archs, but I guess it's up to the
      • It would make a lot of sense to group the priority of support for different architectures. The obvious benefits include:
        • Users know what level of support to expect from a given port
        • It helps developers judge when adding a feature which ports should be updated first, and if some of the ports have not been updated whether it should necessarily hold up committing the feature
        • It indicates which ports are looking for a new champion to take up the cause

    • by LizardKing ( 5245 ) on Monday September 25, 2006 @04:39PM (#16190835)

      Every time there's a NetBSD article on Slashdot, up pops a message about it not working on the Vax. I'm beginning to suspect it's the same individual, as the message is always worded in a very similar way - as a none too subtle attack on NetBSD's cross platform capabilities. Just for the record my Vax, SGI Indy, SparcStation 5 and Dell laptop are all running NetBSD 3.0.1, the most recent release. The Vax previously ran 2.1, 2.0, 1.6.2, and 1.5.3 without problems. Around the time of 2.0 I was actually running it on three different Vax machines (3100 m76, 3100 m80 and 4000 VLC). Never had a single problem installing from CD or running NetBSD.

      Now, getting NetBSD running on the last generation of Apple's 12" Powerbook (model 6,8) is a different matter - but I've been unable to get OpenBSD or YellowDog Linux installed on it either ...

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by abs0 ( 61652 )
      There are two architectures which have compiler issues not present on other NetBSD platforms, vax and pc532. In both cases support is fading away in more recent gcc versions, and they continue to be built using gcc 2.9.5 rather than the gcc 4.1.2 used by the rest of the NetBSD platforms (there are a couple of platforms still finishing testing for the transition from 3.3.3 to 4.1.2).

      This means all constructs in MI areas of the kernel (and the entire userland) need to keep compatible with gcc 2.9.5 and cannot
  • I'm trying to think of funny jokes about the types of bugs you find on a corpse, but they just aren't coming. In seriousness, though, what kind of bugs do the remaining 4,000 comprise? Are these along the lines of translation errors in i18n man pages, or kernel dumps on SCSI RAID systems?

    P.S. FreeBSD for the win.

    • by hawicz ( 449905 ) on Monday September 25, 2006 @06:29PM (#16192547)
      A fair number of those are bugs for other OSes, due to having pkgsrc issues included in the same bug database. pkgsrc runs on a dozen different platforms so the bug database ends up with a lot of issues not directly relevant to NetBSD. Right now, there are 1233 open bugs relating to pkgsrc, many of which are non-NetBSD issues.

      As for the classification of other bugs, you can check out [] for a table of how those are distributed. Quite a few are specific to just a single port.
  • I used to NetBSD on a cobalt qube 2 but honestly I got sick of not being able to do things that I should have been able to do easily.

    Now I do OpenBSD on a low power AMD chip and I don't run into those dead ends... "that doesn't work"
  • by RLiegh ( 247921 ) * on Monday September 25, 2006 @04:27PM (#16190605) Homepage Journal
    ...bugs thrive on corpses! :p

    Seriously, though; glad to see they had a good turn out for it. Hopefully this will put to rest some of the "NetBSD is irrelevent" crap that's been floating around recently. Particularly since most of the hype appears to merely be sour grapes from people who were on the wrong side of a power struggle and are now trying to tear down the project (as opposed to anyone with a valid beef).

    30 developers isn't that bad, really. Not up to FreeBSD numbers, certainly; but it's a good start. Particularly given that this event wasn't really publicised in any real way (there was nothing here, or on the front page of about it in advance).

    Sidenote to the guy having problems with his VAX: problems with one archetetcture (sp?) don't indicate that NetBSD is becoming x86-centric; they just indicate that maybe -just maybe- -what with NetBSD being contributer oriented and all- that the bugs just might be beyond the -VAX team's abilities as well.

    • Particularly since most of the hype appears to merely be sour grapes from people who were on the wrong side of a power struggle and are now trying to tear down the project (as opposed to anyone with a valid beef).

      Attitudes like this are exactly what's needed to begin the healing process.

      -- greg

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