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Re: [Bacula-devel] Regression Dashboard


Hello,

On Friday 30 May 2008 13:07:25 Thomas Mueller wrote:
> hi there
>
> i've got a intel dual dual core with 4GB ram box standing around waiting
>   for some workload.
>
> i could install a small number of linux distros as virtual machines.

Nice, we would appreciate that.

>
> just tell me which ones are needed or on the wishlist. then i try to set
> up the whole thing.

Well, it is hard to answer.  I just looked up the top 11 distros as cited by 
Distrowatch, and they say:

1. Ubuntu
2. openSUSE
3. Fedora
4. Debian
5. Mandriva
6. PCLinuxOS
7. Mepis
8. Knoppix
9. Slackware
10. Gentoo
11. FreeBSD

Currently we have some coverate for Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, Mandrive, 
FreeBSD, and CentOS (RHEL).

As there are a lot of Debian servers out there, that would probably be my 
first choice for having regression testing.  Then I would say Slackware and 
Gentoo which are not covered at all.

Of course, if you can get your hands on a Solaris for i386, that would be 
really nice to see tested.

Actually almost anything would be a help.  I recently implemented regression 
on an AMD64 and was surprised to see it show up a good number of regression 
failures -- apparently it found subtle timing related bugs in Bacula, which I 
have now fixed :-)

Thanks for helping with the project.

Best regards,

Kern

PS: Just to let everyone know, I do look at the results on a daily basis, and 
if anything appears to be more than a one time quirk, I normally enable 
additional debugging in the test, which will get automatically turned on for 
everyone the following night.  This has allowed me to identify and fix a 
large number of problems without even talking to the people running the 
tests :-)


>
> - Thomas
>
> Kern Sibbald schrieb:
> > Hello Frank,
> >
> > Thanks again to Dan Langille for suggesting and pushing for this project
> > as well as running nightly FreeBSD regressions, and to you for getting
> > the scripts running, the dashboard setup,  hosting the dashboard site,
> > and running nightly regressions.
> >
> > This definitely a very significant help to the project in being able to
> > see the test results on a variety of machines, and to be able to drill
> > down to any errors that do show up.  I don't know how I ever lived
> > without it.
> >
> > We are now able to automatically test a number of Linux distros, FreeBSD,
> > and Solaris on a nightly basis, which will surely improve the quality of
> > the Bacula code.
> >
> > Anyway, aside from the above thanks, is there any way that you can get
> > the dashboard to show date/time in CET format?  Since most of the
> > developers are running on CET, it would be very helpful -- especially for
> > the "experimental" test runs that we do before committing.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Kern
> >
> > PS: any Bacula user who has a few spare CPU cycles is welcome to setup
> > and run the regression scripts -- it is rather trivial, and once setup
> > with a cron job runs automatically.  Even if there is currently testing
> > of your particular distribution having additional testers is useful
> > because often bugs show up on one distro and/or hardware configuration
> > but not on another because many of the bugs depend on subtle timing
> > between the threads.
> >
> > To do so, checkout the regress from the SVN, read the README.ctest, and
> > it should be relatively easy from there on -- if you have any problems
> > please ask on the developers list.  Note, the regression scripts run only
> > on Unix, FreeBSD, and Linux distributions and not on Win32, Mac OS, or
> > other *BSD distros.
> >
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