Having a go at contributing back

Jan 26 2012 Published by under linux

Feeling somewhat inspired by LCA2012 I have a large list of possible things to try, although I am mindful of not committing to too many projects as was pointed out by Rusty in the newcomer session (which I missed but managed to catch on YouTube after getting home)

Then today whilst performing a diagnostic on my home wifi I actually hit a bug, and this time found myself in a position to not only report the problem but actually submit a patch for the first time ever!

Using a tool called bing to try and measure bandwidth I noticed weird output when for kicks I pointed it at a site on the Internet. Further digging uncovered a bug filed against the package in the Debian bug system. To cut a long story short I worked out the problem (ICMP message timeouts do not always get reported properly) and made a short patch and submitted this by email to the bug tracker.

Actually I sent that 15 minutes ago but haven’t yet seen it on the web page for the bug, or received any automated reply, so I am currently wondering if my email got through… I guess I have a learning curve ahead of me

Update

my bug report and patch is up at bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=464257, woot!

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