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Re: Clean up Mach Google Summer Of Code

From: Thomas Schwinge
Subject: Re: Clean up Mach Google Summer Of Code
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:02:32 +0200
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Hi Josh!

On Thu, 18 Apr 2013 01:18:15 +0200, Samuel Thibault <samuel.thibault@gnu.org> 
> Joshua Branson, le Mon 15 Apr 2013 22:49:22 -0400, a écrit :
> > Should I be focused only on fixing compiler
> > warnings, unneeded variables, removing or modify strange code?
> As the subject says, it's actually quite open, so it is not necessarily
> focused.  But you can try to focus on these for a start, and see what
> else comes through this.
> > There are numerous errors I could start to fix, but I do not want to
> > dive in with no sense of direction.
> Well, you'll have to dive someday :) But it can be better to ask
> advice about what could be easiest to begin with.
> For instance "implicit declaration of function", "format ‘%lu’
> expects argument of type..." are easy to start with.

Indeed for an project as open as this, we can't expect you to come up
with a definitive list of items you're to complete, and the time needed
for doing that.  I think it should be enough if you identify some
specific items that can be worked on (for example, certain classes of
compiler warnings, identifying and ripping out unused functionality, make
the code "more readable").

> > Any ideas where or how I can start
> > cleaning of GNU mach? Or perhaps
> > I should ask, where I should look to find an answer.
> You can come on the #hurd IRC channel, in the freenode network, and ping
> people there (make sure to wait for them to wake up, we are not 24/24 in
> front of our IRC client).

Well, you can easily start by sending a patch to fix one specific
compiler warning.

Don't forget to prepare your student application form,
and send it to Google site, in time before this Friday.


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