Ubuntu Demon\’s blog

August 25, 2006

xserver breakage follow-up

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubuntudemon @ 3:03 pm

Tollef Fog Heen, a member of Ubuntu’s X SWAT team blogs about X broken in Dapper

Recovery ideas ranged from being able to put an update onto a user’s machine whether he wanted it or not to snapshot/rollback support and having some kind of a “safe mode” where it would give you a kdrive-based VESA X server and tools to fix your system. I’m not sure what we would do if we managed to break one of those tools (or the “safe-mode” X server), though.

Hopefully, we will have a procedure in place in a little while which tells us how to handle such an emergency when it happens and we will be deploying safeguards to prevent it from happening again while not ending up paralysing us and making us unable to deploy updates to $distro-updates as this is something we need to be able to.

While this post is fairly critical of the current set of policies and procedures, I have tried hard to avoid pointing fingers at anybody in particular. I would much rather have us have a positive and constructive discussion about how to avoid similar problems in the future than a discussion on who is to blame. The points and views in this post is also those of my own and not any kind of official communication from Canonical or Ubuntu.

read more on his blog

Thank you Tollef for keeping everyone updated and for being open.

I really like the fact that communication in the Ubuntu community is (relatively) open and transparant.

Wiesbaden Sprint news on the fridge

forum thread in the Ubuntu Cafe called “How could an update break X?”

related blog entries :

Latest Dapper xserver-xorg upgrade might break the xserver



  1. Re-posting a blog entry from someone who’s on Planet Ubuntu on Planet Ubuntu is kind of.. strange.

    Maybe you should make a special tag/category and tag all posts that should go on the planet with that? Because you post a _lot_ compared to others…

    Comment by Someone — August 26, 2006 @ 6:36 am

  2. Someone : I’m already thinking about doing something like that. Thanks for the feedback.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — August 26, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

  3. I suspect they (Canonical/Ubuntu) want to have finished the investigation and the plans on how to prevent them in the future before they do an official announcement.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — August 26, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

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