On Thu, 15 May 2014 08:20:03 -0500 Skip Montanaro firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On Wed, May 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM, Guido van Rossum email@example.com wrote:
Main problem with rare platform support is not breaking it accidentally, since without buildbots we won't know when it's broken. This is why we don't make any promises.
Should we (or do we) offer to run (unofficial) buildbots for maintainers of minority platforms where possible? For example, I have no idea if a buildbot for MirOS is even feasible, but if the guy who submitted the patch is amenable and it is possible to run a buildbot slave for that OS, it still might be useful to have a "one stop" place for this. If failing, such buildbots wouldn't block a release, but would still provide tools for people to track down the source of breakage.
We already have such buildbots, they are in the "unstable" category. You can browse through existing buildbots here: https://www.python.org/dev/buildbot/
In the case of MirOS, though, I'm unsure core developers would proactively fix failures on such a niche platform :-)