Debian Bug Squashing Party

Debian bug-squashing party, Sunday November 9th 2003, Ecublens, Switzerland

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, the
GULL (Groupe romand des Utilisateurs de Linux et de Logiciels Libres)
will be organising a bug-squashing party that will be open to members
and non-members.

Here is the plan:

1. We lock 10 to 40 volunteers in a large room in the building of Nimag SA.

2. The volunteers are provided with all of the computers, bandwidth,
electricity, pizza, and beer that they need to work well.

3. The volunteers fix bugs listed in Debian Bug-Tracking System (BTS) from 12h00 to 20h00.

4. A bug is considered fixed when a solution has been found, verified by
another volunteer, and an email sent to the package maintainer.

The GULL will pay for the food and drink of all volunteers who fix at least one
bug (even a tiny one). The others will be expected to pay their way or clean
up the mess. Or have a rock tied to their feet and be thrown into the lake.

There will be a number of demonstrations of various techniques used in the
eradication of bugs:

– how to use the BTS and the reportbug program

– building a test system (stable, testing, or unstable) in a subdirectory using

debootstrap and running programs from it

– using diff, patch, strace and gdb

– anything else that comes up

PLEASE: If you want to come to the party, please send a note to
[email protected] stating:

– who you are and that you want to come to the party

– whether you will or will not be bringing a portable computer with a network


– what bugs you want to fix or what packages you wish to work on (if you

already have an idea)

– whether you want to give a demonstration or participate in the organisation

of the party

– any ideas that you have to make the party more fun or productive

The planning page (mostly in French) can be found at

I’d like to have something like that here one day – maybe not a Debian
bug-squashing party, but maybe we can help out the Bayanihan people…