ACE, TAO, CIAO, and DAnCE Bug Fixing Policies
As ACE, TAO, CIAO, and DAnCE have grown in
popularity the volume of mail on the mailing
lists and USENET newsgroup comp.soft-sys.ace has grown
considerably. While this increase is healthy, and a natural
consequence of the larger number of ACE, TAO, and CIAO users, it is
straining the resources of the researchers in the DOC
group at Washington
University, UC Irvine and ISIS to respond to all the
traffic immediately. Prompt bug fixes from the DOC group also
discourage the creation of a larger community of users and
support companies who have deep knowledge of how ACE, TAO, and
CIAO work and can help provide bug fixes and new features.
Process for Reporting a Bug
To ensure the continued growth and maturation of ACE, TAO, and CIAO,
and to allow the user and vendor communities to evolve, please make it
a point to abide by the following policies:
- All bug reports to the mailing
lists should be submitted using the appropriate bug report form in
(for ACE), $TAO_ROOT/PROBLEM-REPORT-FORM
(for TAO), $CIAO_ROOT/PROBLEM-REPORT-FORM
(for CIAO), $DAnCE_ROOT/PROBLEM-REPORT-FORM
(for DAnCE). Please use these forms since bug reports that are not
submitted in this form are likely to fall through the cracks. Here is
our policy for addressing these bug reports:
- If a report is from someone sponsoring
our work we will respond to it in a very timely manner. Please
contact me if you'd
like to become a sponsor.
- If it's a bug report that pertains to the latest release and it
also contains a fix we will try to apply this in a timely manner. In
general, people who submit good bug reports with fixes tend to get
much better help from the core DOC group team, irrespective of whether
they are sponsors or not since they are helping our overall effort
- If it's a bug report for the latest release that prevents ACE,
TAO, or CIAO from working on a popular platform used by ourselves or
our sponsors we'll try to fix it as time permits.
- You should also consider entering your bug report into our bug tracking
database so that it's archived for future processing. As usual,
we try to address these bugs as time permits, but may not get to them
for a while unless it affects our work or the work of our
We encourage bug reports for those without support to be posted
initially to the ACE users
mailing lists, where the open-source user community may already have
developed, or have an interest in developing, a solution.
- While the core DOC group development team participates in this
mailing list, we cannot response to all postings. Therefore, if you
post something and don't get a reply, please do the following:
Check to see whether your posting made it to the list, which you
can see by checking out the comp.soft-sys.ace newsgroup to see if your posting is visible.
- If it's not visible, please make sure you're
to the mailing
list(s) you sent the report to since we have a "members only" posting
requirement to minimize spam.
- If it is visible and you haven't received a reply this probably means
that either no one knows the answer or no one has time to answer it.
As always, if you need more predictable help please contact one of
support companies for ACE+TAO.
- If you find a problem with a version of TAO that was released by
OCI then please report it
Likewise, if you find a problem with a version of TAO that was released by
Micro Focus then please
report it to MicroFocus.
Their versions of TAO are different from the DOC group's
version of TAO and thus they provide their own support.
- If it's a general question about how to use ACE, TAO, or CIAO
feature we'll try to respond as time permits, though we will also rely
on the experience of the open-source user community to field these
types of questions, as well. You should first check out the online FAQ to see if your
question has already been answered. If you require consulting support
for ACE, TAO, or CIAO, please contact one of the companies that
Process for Submitting a Bug Fix
We encourage other ACE, TAO, and CIAO users to continue to help
provide fixes and advice in response to postings on the mailing lists
and newsgroup. If you have a patch that fixes a problem you've found
with our software here's the process for submitting it:
Please be sensitive to the fact that the core DOC group team is
very busy, so we often don't have time to address problems
reported by non-sponsors. If you'd like an immediate response, please
contact me about
becoming a sponsor or contact one of the companies that provides
commercial support for ACE, TAO, and CIAO.
- Use the latest contents of git repository, i.e.,
what's available from
- Create a fork of the ATCD repository and prepare your fixes including documentation
changes and automated unit tests. For any change in ACE create (or augment) a test program
that validates your patch and integrate it into the ACE_ROOT/tests
directory. Clearly document each commit because that information
will end up in the ATCD ChangeLog. When you have tested your changes at least on Windows
and Linux prepare a pull request.
- Create a ``unified diff'' of all changs and put this into Bugzilla at
and send an email to the appropriate mailing
list(s) and/or newsgroup
newsgroup summarizing what the problem was and you've done to fix the
- If your patch is for a platform/compiler that aren't part of our
scoreboard please consider contributing one or more autobuilds
that can be used to keep track of changes to your platform/compiler
combination and ensure things continue to work as the ACE+TAO source
- By submitting bug fixes submitters acknowledge that they have the
right to do so, that any such submissions are given freely and
unreservedly, and that they waive any claims to copyright or
ownership. In addition, submitters acknowledge that any such
submission might become part of the copyright maintained on the
overall body of code that comprises the DOC software. By making a bug
fix submission, submitter agree to these terms. Moreover, submitters
acknowledge that the incorporation or modification of such submissions
is entirely at the discretion of the moderators of the open-source DOC
software projects or their designees.
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