Better Bug Reports for Better Help

Make a Demo

If you are a programmer, write a small program that exercises the same problem, which you can provide to the operating system or library developer. If your small program does not create the same fault as your larger program, then perhaps something else in your program is causing the problem.

If you do experience the same problem, also supply the name and version number of the compiler you used to compile your program and the options that you used when you compiled it.

Supplying as much information as you can on your first trouble report may inspire the programmer to fix your problem instead of someone else's problem.

The Author

Jon "maddog" Hall is an author, educator, computer scientist, and free software pioneer who has been a passionate advocate for Linux since 1994 when he first met Linus Torvalds and facilitated the port of Linux to a 64-bit system. He serves as president of Linux International®.

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