[webkit-dev] Stabilization Spree '07: Trunk checkins restricted, Bug Days

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Sat Feb 3 16:13:29 PST 2007

Hi everyone,

After discussing it with various people for a while, we've decided to  
take the next step of Stabilization Spree '07.

Trunk Checkins Restricted

Starting Wednesday, February 7th, we are going to limit trunk  
checkins to the following categories:

- Critical bug fixes: crashes, hangs, regressions, compatibility  
issues with major sites. Basically all P1s.

- Porting changes that only affect that specific port, or have only a  
small impact on the core cross-platform code.

- Significant (P2 level) bug fixes where the change seems simple and  
low risk.

For any other kinds of changes, including the following, we will ask  
that you hold off, or to use a branch:

- New features (including new CSS properties, unimplemented tags and  
attributes, new DOM APIs, new areas of functionality in general):

- Bug fixes that seem low value (not known to significantly affect  
real-world sites) but high risk (code change to fix it is large).

Bug Days

On Wednesday and Thursday of next week we'd like to encourage  
everyone in the WebKit community to show up on the #webkit channel on  
irc.freenode.net to help with the stabilization effort. Even if you  
don't have a lot of experience with fixing P1 bugs, doing bug  
reductions, or testing and filing new bugs, there will be experienced  
WebKit developers around to help. We will keep track of who submits  
the most P1 bug fixes, the most bug reductions, and the most new  
critical bugs, ad there may be some sort of public recognition at the  

We especially encourage developers working for companies that have  
expressed an interest in porting WebKit and having a more stable  
trunk to show up and help out. Now is your chance to start  
contributing back in a way that benefits everyone.


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