[Python-Dev] Stability Metrics

Anthony Baxter Anthony Baxter <anthony@interlink.com.au>
Fri, 12 Apr 2002 22:55:05 +1000


> The number itself is meaningless as a stability indicator; Skip's
> suggestion is that the number should drop with successive releases as
> the unfixed bugs get more and more obscure.  So 2.2.1 fixes 140 bugs,
> and 2.2.2 fixes 70, and 2.2.3 fixes 15, and so on.

Counting bugfixes is also meaningless because a high bug count could
also indicate either someone's found a new way to identify bugs (e.g
a working purify) or else there's been a period of stability which 
people have used to walk through and fix those old, horrible cases.

Anthony