[Numpy-discussion] Continuous Integration

Chris Ball ceball at gmail.com
Tue May 1 18:22:48 EDT 2012

Pauli Virtanen <pav <at> iki.fi> writes:

> 01.05.2012 11:14, David Froger kirjoitti:
> > Excerpts from Travis Oliphant's message of mar. mai 01 01:39:26 +0200 2012:
> > > If you have particular reasons why we should choose a particular CI 
> > > please speak up and let your voice be heard.  There is still time to
> make
> > > a difference in what we are setting up.
> > 
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > What about  buildbot? (http://trac.buildbot.net/)
> > 
> > I'm using it currently,  and like it  because is GPL 2,  configuration 
files are
> > powerful Python scripts, and development team is active and dynamic.
> We're currently using it: http://buildbot.scipy.org
> Although, it hasn't been building automatically for some time now.

I've been working on setting up a new buildbot for NumPy. Unfortunately, I 
don't have much time to work on it, so it's slow going! Right now I am still at 
the stage of getting NumPy to pass all its tests on the machines I'm using as 
test slaves. After that, I plan to transfer existing slaves to the new setup, 
and then maybe ask for new volunteer slave machines (if people think the 
buildbot setup is useful).

One nice feature of the new buildbot setup is that it can build and test a pull 
request, reporting the results back via a comment on the pull request.
> It has the following shortcomings:
> - Apparently, for one master instance, only one project.

As others have said, this is no longer true.

> - Last time I looked, Git integration was poor. Maybe this has
>   improved since...

Again, as others have said, I think this has been improved since last time you 
looked. Buildbot can receive github notifications or can poll a repository 

On the other hand, I've also been trying ShiningPanda (https://
jenkins.shiningpanda.com/scipy/) because I like the idea of a hosted CI 
solution. Again, though, I haven't yet got all the tests to pass on 
ShiningPanda's default Debian 6 setup (and again, that's because of a lack of 

So, I'm working on Buildbot and ShiningPanda from the community side, but am 
always ready to step aside if someone else has time :)


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