Overview

Gnumeric is a complex computer program and therefore necessarily contains some mistakes. The Gnumeric team is keenly interested in finding these errors and correcting them. Suggestions for improvement are also welcome and can be submitted in the same fashion as an error report.

Please, help us to fix any errors by telling us about them.

Reports of problems with Gnumeric provide the project with a way of making sure that the mistake is eventually fixed. Often the mistake is obvious and a fix can be made immediately to be included in the very next release of Gnumeric. Occasionally, the mistake is more complex and the problem may take a while to be resolved. In these cases, the report provides a way to remind the developers that the problem still exists.

Mistakes in programs are often called "bugs" after one of the earliest errors in an old machine which was actually caused by an insect entering the machine and preventing a switch from closing.

The Gnumeric project uses a world wide web system called Bugzilla to collect reports of program errors and then to track these errors until they are finally fixed. The system was developed as part of the Mozilla web browser project, which explains the origin of the strange name.

The process of submitting the report of a problem or of a suggested enhancement is quite simple and can be completed in just a few steps. The process begins with obtaining a good understanding of the problem to be able to provide a detailed statement explaining the problem exactly. Next, the user must open an account with the GNOME project's Bugzilla system. Finally, the user must submit the statement of the problem, ideally, along with some information about the computer setup being used by the person experiencing the problem.

The explanation given below should be sufficient to file a report. For more detailed instructions, the main page of GNOME's bugzilla can be found at http://bugzilla.gnome.org/ and instructions can be found at http://bugzilla.gnome.org/bug-HOWTO.html.