Recruit regression testers?

Jakob Eriksson jakov at
Mon Jan 24 03:36:43 CST 2005

tony_lambregts at wrote:

> Ivan Leo Puoti wrote:
>> I think quite a few regressions get into releases, and while a few a 
>> tracked down
>> some stay in the code for months if not years (I've heard of at least 
>> one game that
>> worked some 2 years ago but doesn't now), while regression testing 
>> may seem trivial
>> to a developer, it can be a challenging task for most users, 
>> especially if they are new to wine/Linux.
>> So maybe we should recruit some people to get regression reports from 
>> users, find the
>> patch that caused the regression, and report back to developers.
>> Am I just to tired at time of writing or could this be a good idea?
> Well that is one of the responsibilitys of an application maintainer. 
> I know that Myst is one of those apps that worked for years and then 
> stopped working about a year ago. I have tried to regression test it, 
> and so has Duane Clark. At issue here is that so much time has gone by 
> that there are/were multiple regressions that interfere with actually 
> finding the problem. I am certain that if I had caught the 
> regression(s) early it would still be working today. With that in mind 
> I think recruiting additional maintainers for the AppDB should be of 
> utmost priority.

And a unit test should be written after each fixed regression.


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