Patch 2 for NetBeans 6.1 (really bad story)

There is nothing like bugless software.


And NetBeans is not exception. We in QA do our best to find all the bugs that we can. However the bugs are hidden very well. Sometimes they appear in a special configuration. Sometimes we just miss them (yes, we are humans). The live cycle of the release can be long therefore some users don't want to wait for next release to get their bug fixed. They want them fixed immediately. That was the reason why NetBeans started to produce patches for the releases. That was just a background info for the patches in NetBeans.

We produced patch 2 for NetBeans 6.1. QE is responsible for the testing of the patch. If the fixes in patch doesn't break anything in the NetBeans that the users have been using for while. This time the problems appears at the end of the testing cycle. All it started with problem with rights of updater.jar on Mac OS. Unfortunately, the Mac users couldn't update the jar because of wrong setup of the rights. There is always a workaround. And they(.JARa and Jirka) found one. But then the real fun started. Another problem with user/admin rights. WTF! I don't know if you ever tried to test this scenario but it is enormously boring - install as admin, update, switch user, test it. This kind of scenarios cannot be automated :( My thanks to .JARa who took care about it.
The result was "we cannot provide update for everything". There are un-updatable parts of the IDE. This must be fixed for next release.

We are glad that the patch 2 is out (and we don't have to test it anymore, till the next patch). Enjoy the fixes!
Comments:

Hi Lukas
is it possible to have fixes "beta" by issue, y don't wait until the next update ?
It's could be for co-testing the fixes with the community. :)

Posted by Diego Silva on July 14, 2008 at 01:12 PM CEST #

well, every bug that is closed as FIXED in issuezilla should be connected with a Hg changeset. If you'll use this changeset to change the Hg repository (or pull out new fresh sources) then you can either build your IDE with the fix or prepare a patch by yourself. Actually, it is not so easy but it works in this way in general.

Posted by Lukas on July 15, 2008 at 03:34 PM CEST #

is is possible to download Patch 2 for offline installation?

Posted by miklem on July 17, 2008 at 10:01 AM CEST #

There is possibility to download Patch1 bits or Patch1 + Patch2 bits cumulatively. There is no possibility to download Patch2 solo however if an user has installed the Patch1 he can apply Patch1 + Patch2 bits without problem. Just the IDE will inform the user that NBMs from Patch1 are installed already.

The bits are available on sunsolve.sun.com. Just click on "Patches and Updates" and submit patch number 137824-01 for patch1 or 137824-02 for patch1 + patch2.

Note: The patch1 + patch2 bits are not available on the day when I write this comment because they has been submitted to Sunsolve a few hour ago. They should be available within 24 - 48 hours (except on weekends or holidays).

Posted by PetrG on July 18, 2008 at 03:57 AM CEST #

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