Hi,

On Fri, 2007-06-22 at 22:36 -0300, Luis A. Florit wrote:

> But I sent this email, with subject "still the same bug" on April 30
> to this list (Gimp-developer Digest, Vol 56, Issue 1, to be precise):
> 
> : However, about a year or two ago, I reported a bug in Bugzilla:
> : the mouse buttons in GIMP main image window do nothing when I have
> : attached a my Wacom tablet. ONLY in GIMP. This happened with Fedora
> : 4,5,6 (fresh installs), with GIMP stable and devel versions. It is
> : the only program that I have this problem, and the bug is still alive.
> 
> And just a quick search in http://bugzilla.gnome.org/ in this precise
> minute returned this:
> 
> http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=406440  (2007-02-10)
> http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=449590  (2007-06-20)
> 
> So, 3 bugzilla reports of the same bug. 4 months and not a single
> answer. And still stated as "unconfirmed"! And still we cannot use
> the mouse in GIMP.
> 
> 
> So, yes, I state, publicly, again: this bug has been ignored for months
> (in fact, for years, since Fedora 4, and we are now in Fedora 7).
> No matter if you let me 'get away' or not.

These bug reports have not been ignored. They are not GIMP bugs and have
been reassigned accordingly. Most likely the bug is not even in GTK+ but
on a lower level. The fact that it works for most people makes it likely
that it is perhaps even just a misconfigured X server.

Someone who if affected by the problem will have to track it down. There
is no chance that a core GIMP or GTK+ developer will find the time to
debug a problem that he/she cannot reproduce.

> BTW, the thread of April 30 mentioned above was because a bug report
> I made in this list about a shift in the despeckle plugin was
> unanswered! I sent a second report (also included in the same Digest
> above):
> 
> : Pals,
> :
> :     I reported this bug in this list some time ago, and got no
> : answer (I think), and the 2.3.16 version still has the same bug:
> : The despeckle plugin shifts the image one pixel to the right,
> : and one to the bottom. Consequently, it is essentially useless.
> : If you draw in the middle of a white background a black cross
> : like this:
> :
> :  x
> : xxx
> :  x
> :
> : and run the despeckle plugin with radius 1, you get this asymmetric
> : output:
> :
> :  x
> : xxx
> :  xx
> :
> :     Thanks,
> :
> :         Luis.
> 
> I hope you don't think the 'tone' was aggressive in this mail also...

Yes, I do think that the tone of this mail was aggressive. You complain
that you don't get an answer and you complain that the bug is still
there. Have you ever considered that the people who wrote this code are
not any longer around? There is no one actively maintaining it. Some day
someone might find the time and motivation to actually look into it.
That's why it is important to have a bug report for it, even if is stays
around for years.

You simply can not demand that a bug is fixed. If it bothers you, you
might want to consider to have a loot at the code yourself. If you send
a patch, it will be reviewed very quickly. And if it fixes the problem,
you will see the fix going into SVN very soon. That is the absolute
maximum you can expect from a free software project. And in my opinion
the GIMP project is rather good in this respect. Unlike other projects
we don't have tons of unreviewed patches in our bug-tracker.


Sven


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