[Python-Dev] "Buildbot" category on the tracker

R. David Murray rdmurray at bitdance.com
Fri Oct 30 15:35:22 CET 2009

On Fri, 30 Oct 2009 at 08:55, Jesse Noller wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:53 AM, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:
>> I'm confused: first you said they fail, now you say they get skipped.
>> Which one is it? I agree with R. David's analysis: if they fail, it's
>> a multiprocessing bug, if they get skipped, it's a flaw in the build
>> slave configuration (but perhaps only slightly so, because it is good
>> if both cases are tested - and we do have machines also that provide
>> /dev/shm).
> They failed until we had the tests skip those platforms - at the time,
> I felt that it was more of a bug with the build slave configuration
> than a multiprocessing issue, I don't like skipping tests unless the
> platform fundamentally isn't supported (e.g. broken semaphores for
> some actions on OS/X) - linux platforms support this functionality
> just fine - except when in locked-down chroot jails.

As Martin pointed out, Python supports both configurations (chroot and
non-chroot), and needs to be tested in both.  Somewhere we should probably
have a list of what tests are getting skipped on what buildslaves so we
can inspect the buildbot fleet for complete coverage, but I'm not sure
who is going to volunteer to create and maintain that list :)

> The only reason I brought it up was to point out the a buildbot
> configuration on a given host can make tests fail even if those tests
> would normally pass on that operating system.

Yes, and that's a kind of ticket that should end up getting tagged
with the new 'buildbot' keyword (thanks, Martin), IMO.


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