[Python-Dev] Possible language summit topic: buildbots

C. Titus Brown ctb at msu.edu
Fri Oct 30 17:43:31 CET 2009

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 05:41:39PM +0100, Antoine Pitrou wrote:
> Le vendredi 30 octobre 2009 ?? 09:31 -0700, C. Titus Brown a ??crit :
> > [ ... ]
> > 
> > I'm happy to provide VMs or shell access for Windows (XP, Vista, 7); Linux
> > ia64; Linux x86; and Mac OS X.  Others have made similar offers.  The
> > architectures supported by the cloud services don't really add anything
> > (and generally don't have Mac OS X support, AFAIK).
> Well these VMs would have to run buildslaves on them, then. Are you
> ready to host some and connect them to the current buildbot
> infrastructure?
> (VMs without buildslaves are less interesting IMO)

No, I'm not willing to spend the time to install and maintain buildbot. But
I'm happy to give the necessary access to those who are interested and

(...and let me tell you, getting these !#%!#$! Windows VMs up and running
already took an immense amount of effort ;)

> > What we really need (IMO) is someone to dig into the tests to figure out which
> > tests fail randomly and why, and to fix them on specific architectures that
> > most of us don't personally use.  This is hard work that is neither glamorous
> > nor popular.
> I'm sure some of us are ready to do so (*). The situation has already
> improved quite a lot in the recent times. But fixing platform- or,
> worse, setup-specific issues often requires shell access to the target
> system, otherwise you spend too much time trying fixes on the SVN and
> waiting for the buildbot to react.
> (*) After all, if we weren't, we wouldn't even care about buildbots,
> we'd be content with running the test suite on our own machines

I look forward to it!

C. Titus Brown, ctb at msu.edu

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