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From: Grobian <grobian@g.o>
Subject: Re: Package testing -- Automated initiative
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2005 21:16:28 +0200

Finn Thain wrote:
>> When everything goes fine, no email notification is being sent out.  A 
>> convenient log structure would, however, make it possible to see which 
>> packages and USE-flag combinations successfully passed through. 
>> Providing this log via a web-page would be a useful thing.
> 
> Would tinderbox help?

As far as I know about tinderbox, it is more than just a building 
system.  It is a complete procedure where the tree is being closed 
during compilation time, then only reopened when everything compiles.

> 
>> - Comments are welcome, as well as expressions of worry on my mental state.
> 
> Good thinking!
> 
> The chroot idea is a good one because the process lends itself to 
> parallelism. That is, you might have one test box/chroot for, (maybe in 
> order of importance)
> 
> - unstable empty tree (all deps every time)
> - stable empty tree builds (same)
> - unstable cumulative tree builds
> - stable cumulative tree builds

This is indeed a good plan, as this allows some more responsive and 
thorough testing to occur next to each other.

> I see the last ones as being fairly important, because the cumulative 
> (emerge -Du) trees will have the best throughput, for quicky finding any 
> glaring, slap-forehead kind of bugs/bad keywords (i.e. low fruit).
> 
> The cumulative tree machines would also be an efficient choice for your 
> reverse-dependency idea (perhaps to only one level of indirection).

Good points, thanks!

-- 
Fabian Groffen
eBuild && Porting
Gentoo for Mac OS X
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