[python-committers] I've got a surprise for you!

C. Titus Brown ctb at msu.edu
Tue Jan 27 17:36:41 CET 2009

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 08:20:55AM -0800, Alex Martelli wrote:
-> On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 6:12 PM, Alexandre Vassalotti
-> <alexandre at peadrop.com> wrote:
-> > [SNIP: Trent announces his awesome secret project]
-> >
-> > There is only one word I can say: wow! And to everyone who was
-> > involved, thank you!
-> >
-> > This massive buildbot network is really going to help us toward making
-> > Python a top-class platform in term of portability. I am sure that
-> > having SSH access to the buildbots will encourage everyone to fix bugs
-> > quickly.
-> >
-> > Finally, I have one question. Will these buildbots be open for general
-> > development work? It would be great to have access to them for
-> > creating new cross-platform libraries for Python.
-> Yep, I for example would love to use this resource to ensure that gmpy
-> builds and runs well on more platforms than the usual
-> mac/windows/linux set I have easy personal access to, and I suspect
-> most other maintainers of third party Python add-ons feel similarly.
-> I'm sure the line must be drawn somewhere, however, as there will
-> never be enough computing resources in the "buildbot cloud" to support
-> the thousands of Python add-ons that are not part of the Python
-> distribution itself.  A criterion such as "only 3rd party add ons
-> whose maintainers are also Python committers" (even though it would
-> favor gmpy) might be a tad arbitrary.

Hi all,


I don't expect any problem with people using this for whatever they
want.  If it becomes massively popular, well, then we'll just have to
ramp up the resources...!

Right now, though, I'm more interested in recruiting "good citizens",
people who can reasonably be expected to not kvetch too much as we
develop out the infrastructure.  I don't see any problem with extending
the invitation to any long-term member of the Python community, and
eventually anyone who writes a polite e-mail.

That having been said, I also don't have any problem with limiting
access somewhat arbitrarily to people we "like".  Gotta start somewhere!

On that front, incidentally, I hope to make the machines available to
GSoC and GHOP students, and I will be involving MSU undergrads in their
care and maintenance.  I am also working to develop a more flexible and
simple set of continuous build software; more on that at PyCon.

C. Titus Brown, ctb at msu.edu

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