Found a problem so what next?

John Whitmore arigead at
Tue Jan 19 06:27:16 EST 2016

On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 10:50:32AM +0100, Bjørn Mork wrote:
> John Whitmore <arigead at> writes:
>  I'm sure that this problem has been found and a patch submitted by now as it
> > seems to have been from months ago. But assuming neither had occured and this
> > was a new discovery how do you check for a reported bug? Do you search mailing
> > list for that commit number, or a part of that commit number?
> I cannot tell you what the best practice is, but at least that's what I
> do.
> Googling for a fix is usually pretty accurate once the problematic
> commit has been found.  Both the short title and the 12 digit commit ID
> should work, because they are included in the "Fixes" tag of the fix.

Thanks a million I just did a search for the 12 digit commit ID and found the
discussion on the mailing list. Most of it over my head but thanks for the

> Unfortunately Googling isn't as accurate before you know the buggy
> commit. In an ideal world, you should be able to find the fix based on
> the symptoms described in the commit message. But this doesn't work well
> for symptoms which occur frequently and with varying causes. "suspend
> failing" is definitely one of those...
> And yes, it is common to discover what you did: The bug is already found
> and fixed, but the fix hasn't propagated yet. That can be a bit
> demotivating until you realize the beauty of a system where someone else
> already fixed your problem and documented the fix in a public "bug
> database" :)
> Bjørn

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