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Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition: Covering 13.10 and 14.04,Ninth Edition by Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Matthew Helmke

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Fixing Bugs and Packaging

This section covers the process for fixing bugs and packaging your code. It does not cover the mechanics of reading program code and fixing it. Here, it is assumed that you know how to program in the language used in the software you are fixing.

From a high level, the process is easy to understand. Here are the steps:

1. Find a problem, a software bug.

2. Download the source code.

3. Fix the problem.

4. Test the fix on your local machine.

5. Commit the changes.

6. Request that your changes be merged into the main source.

Finding the problems to fix is something you learn with time and experience. The next section, “Finding Bugs to Fix with Harvest,” can help you. Other places to look, if you aren’t fixing an issue you ...

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