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Blog: [http://micah.cowan.name]

Email: micah@cowan.name

Launchpad: [https://launchpad.net/people/micah-cowan]

IRC: micahcowan


My activity in Ubuntu has been mostly bug triaging, and bug-solution hunting. I intend to being packaging new software in the near future, probably starting with a couple of my own small works.

Bugs I've Worked on

[+] = I submitted this bug

[d] = I provided a patch for this bug


[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/coreutils/+bug/38538 man pages suggest info pages that don't exist.]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/joystick/+bug/45930 jstest SEGFAULTs with usb joystick]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/tuxpaint/+bug/49079 Tuxpaint prints garbage to postscript printer (Brother HL 2700 CN)]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/gnome-panel/+bug/55932 Can't edit the time in clock-applet]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/gnome-panel/+bug/55988 clock-panel no longer installs NTP support]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/coreutils/+bug/55991 Ugly, redundant and confusing regular expression in chmod manpage]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/gnome-system-tools/+bug/56590 time-admin crashes on time field edit.]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/language-pack-gnome-es-base/+bug/56592 Wrong Spanish translations]


[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/readline5/+bug/56734 Cannot bind "\M-o" to a new function]


[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/57753 Vfat and NTFS partitions in edgy get two icons on the GNOME Desktop]


[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/xchat/+bug/57842 Segfault on opening file browser dialog]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/xorg/+bug/58083 No keyboard previews]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/less/+bug/58103 /etc/skel/.bashrc - lesspipe problem]


[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/gawk/+bug/58256 length() memory error]


[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/python-central/+bug/58915 Python upgrade errors]


[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/opie/+bug/61335 opieinfo isn't setuid, whilst opiepasswd is]



[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/61503 Dapper: Nautilus crashes when deleting a folder from the side-pane]


  • Helped LinuxProbie get his wireless card up and running.

    LinuxProbie gave me shell access to his box (which was connected to net via Ethernet), and also admin access (though I strongly advised against it). I walked him through setting up a multiuser screen program, so he could watch me input commands and see what their output was. We also used screen to chat during the process, by using it in split-screen mode to view a terminal with just "cat > /dev/null" running (similar to old-style Unix talk program). He was attempting to use ndiswrapper to support his Brother wireless card (the model escapes me). He had a ubuntuforums.com page that described how to disable the Free driver and enable the Windows driver in ndiswrapper. It appeared that he had followed all the instructions; however, the device was not being recognized. Through a good deal of toying around, it was discovered that:

    1. ndiswrapper does not work together with the specific driver that he was attempting to use (his was a Dell laptop, so he was using Dell-provided drivers; ndiswrapper, however, desired ones provided by HP/Compaq).
    2. ndiswrapper may have been of a too-old version, so we upgraded to a different version of ndiswrapper.

    The user was very happy to have his wireless card working properly, after we sorted these out. Smile :)

  • [https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/joystick/+bug/45930 Bug 45930]

    This was the first bug I dealt with. I was trying to run the jstest program on my USB joystick, but it wanted to segfault on a regular basis. My first response was to get a backtrace in gdb, but I noticed the backtrace happened during an attempt to print a string, obtained from an array. A little investigation revealed that an invalid index was being used into that array. I fixed the problem in the code and generated a debdiff. I'd found an already reported bug that fit my description, so I added some discussion, along with my patch, to the report. This patch went into the next version of the joystick package.

  • [https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/tuxpaint/+bug/49079 Bug 49079]

    I happened across this bug by accident. I don't have access to the printer for which this bug was reported, and despite the fact that the guy who wrote the TuxPaint program is a friend of mine, I'm not a regular user of the program. I am, however, pretty proficient with the PostScript language, and since I was somewhat familiar with TuxPaint, my curiosity was piqued. I went ahead and looked into the code, and found a few points of interest that I thought might be contributing to the problems. I contacted the author of TuxPaint, and when I found out he didn't have much to do with the PostScript code in the program, I joined TuxPaint's development mailing list to discuss the problem and possible solutions. This resulted in a few possibilities, which I then submitted to the bug report for the reporting user to examine. Unfortunately, we haven't heard back from the user in order to verify whether the modifications have produced a solution. [http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=30198556&forum_id=44504 Discussion on TuxPaint development list].

To Infinity... and BEYOND!

I'm committed to Ubuntu as my main Desktop. Because of this, I'd like to do what I can to continually improve it. At the moment I'm aiming at eventually becoming a ["MOTU"].