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Re: Contributing to GNU HURD


From: Krzysztof Piecuch
Subject: Re: Contributing to GNU HURD
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:33:24 +0000

Hi,

Apologies, I didn't go through the questionnaire but it's not the first thing 
you see on the site.

> What areas are you interested in contributing to?
I don't have a strong preference as long as it's about low-level stuff and not 
something like "implement HTTP library one more time".
I also would prefer to start with something easier and smaller to see whether I 
manage to stay involved in the project for a longer time - it's my first time I 
think of bringing more than just a bug report or a single patch.
Here's a couple of ideas:
* enabling people to write translators in Haskell - I'm not sure how much work 
and experience it would require.
* fix http translator crashing on my dead-simple website.
* make `cat /` do something sensible (perhaps do the same as ls? or print the 
file names using the NULL byte as delimeter?)
* relatime option to ext2 and possibly lazytime (this looks to be harder than 
relatime)
* fix symlink translator 
https://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/open_issues/symlink_translator.html

> How much time do you have?
I'll try to spend 30-60min per workday and see how it goes.

> How is your expertise about system and kernel programming?
I did quite a few low-level tasks:
* I wrote a "C like-language" to x84_64 compiler
* I've modified Minix's scheduler to be more fair
* wrote a real-time multi-people voice chat program on UDP in C
* I work as a sysadmin/devops so my job involves answering "what put Linux into 
a funny state and what is it unable to do?" question from time to time.
* see answer below

> Have you previously been working on Free Software projects?
* https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=780075
* https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=780354
* and my first contribution: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=989269

> What is your motivation to work on the GNU Hurd?
I think HURD is great and I would love to see a it develop.
I also find it quite interesting and relatively easy: low-level programming 
without kernel-space headaches,

Best,
Krzysztof Piecuch

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‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Friday, April 19, 2019 7:35 PM, Joan Lledó <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> > I'd like to contribute to this project by writing some code.
>
> Do you have any idea on mind? Something you want to do?





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