[Python-Dev] Possible language summit topic: buildbots

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 17:49:51 CET 2009

2009/10/30 C. Titus Brown <ctb at msu.edu>:
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 04:21:06PM +0000, Antoine Pitrou wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Sorry for the little redundancy, I would like to underline Jean-Paul's
>> suggestion here:
>> Le Sun, 25 Oct 2009 14:05:12 +0000, exarkun a ??crit??:
>> > I think that money can help in two ways in this case.
>> >
>> > First, there are now a multitude of cloud hosting providers which will
>> > operate a slave machine for you.  BuildBot has even begun to support
>> > this deployment use-case by allowing you to start up and shut down vms
>> > on demand to save on costs.  Amazon's EC2 service is supported out of
>> > the box in the latest release.
>> I'm not a PSF member, but it seems to me that the PSF could ask Amazon
>> (or any other virtual machine business anyway) to donate a small number
>> of permanent EC2 instances in order to run buildslaves on.
> [ ... ]
> 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).

As Antione pointed out, it's not clear (at least, it isn't to me) what
that leaves to be done.

As a counter-offer: Given remote access to however many Windows VMs
you want to provide, I'll get them up and running with buildslaves on
them. If that requires software such as Visual Studio, I have copies
via the MSDN licenses that I am happy to provide.

Once things are up and running, I'll be prepared to do basic care and
feeding of the buildslave, but as my time is limited, it would be nice
if others would pitch in to help.

In other words, if it's setup effort that's lacking, I'll provide it.
As long as someone else can cover systems admin, and we get some level
of volunteers to cover ongoing support, that should give us better
Windows coverage on the buildbots.


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