Re: Build sheriffs for GNOME

One ideal end result IMO would be that some service similar to GNOME
continuous that validates any commit or patch ahead of time. If a
commit wasn't validated and somebody tried to push it to master, the
server should reject it. (GitLab does this implicitly with protected
branches and merge requests, GitHub lately got something similar too.)
I personally would love to have a bot that listens to bugzilla and
tests all patches automatically; also any pushed branch should be
tested automatically.

Testing code and buildability should be as simple as submitting or
pushing a patch.

2016-01-22 14:13 GMT+01:00 Alberto Ruiz <aruiz gnome org>:
Another thing that would be really useful in this line is to be able to
submit specific branches for testing. Say I'm working on wip/foobar to avoid
breaking master, and before pulling that stuff from master I want to make
sure I won't break the builds.

Is anything like this possible at all?

2016-01-22 13:03 GMT+00:00 Simon McVittie <simon mcvittie collabora co uk>:

On 21/01/16 14:54, Emmanuele Bassi wrote:
In short, I want to ensure that GNOME maintainers become
a bit more proactive in giving a crap about their modules breaking on
something that is not their own computers.

Is there a way in which contributors/maintainers can reproduce something
equivalent to what Continuous would build (or a large enough subset of
the dependency stack to reach their packages), in a local virtual
machine where they can debug issues interactively?

In the autobuild systems that I've worked with, I've found that the key
feature that makes them most useful is to avoid "magic" centralized
infrastructure that only a few sysadmins/maintainers can access.

For instance, one of the things I really like about Debian's autopkgtest
initiative (a package-oriented and potentially system-level equivalent
of GNOME installed-tests) is that it's quite well-documented how to get
a local mirror of the environment in which tests are run on the official
infrastructure[1] and how to get something basically equivalent as a
virtual machine image[2].


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