[webkit-dev] On the greeness of the GTK+ bot

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Mon Nov 16 05:24:22 PST 2009

Eric and I are working on a bot that might help this situation.
Essentially, the bot will try out patches on Qt and GTK and add a
comment to the bug if the patch regresses the build.  Our plan is to
start with compiling, but we'd eventually like to run the tests as

Of course, the bots won't guarantee that folks won't break the GTK
build, but at least they'll be breaking it with malice aforethought.


On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 5:06 AM, Gustavo Noronha Silva <gns at gnome.org> wrote:
> Hey,
> Keeping the GTK+ buildbot green has been a real challenge for many
> reasons, but looking back at previous discussions we had regarding this,
> I think we have come a long way. Over the last few weeks we (mainly
> Xan!) put some hard work on getting the bot green by fixing bugs,
> opening bug reports, and skipping tests.
> One of the issues we usually have lots of trouble with is patches
> regressing our tests that people do not notice. We have had some good
> experiences regarding this recently: a patch to modify how the media
> tests were run broke all our media tests for the third time since we
> stabilized them, but the change was backed out to be reworked.
> The second one was the work to get shadows support in cairo, which
> regressed 2 tests of ours. Because we were paying attention we were able
> to quickly spot them, and the people involved could fix them before
> their regressive nature was lost in time, and they ended up on the
> Skipped list.
> I would like to ask of people checking in changes that they try to pay
> as much attention to our release bot as they are paying to Mac bots. We
> will do our best to keep them green, but it gets very difficult to do it
> when people are checking in stuff that breaks our tests all the time,
> and not paying attention to them. In summary, I would like to see this
> kind of behavior applied to our bots as well:
>        https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=29329
> This "it can't remain like that; we need to either skip, check in a
> platform-specific result or back out the change" would help us a lot.
> Thanks!
> P.S. I think it is important to note there are a number of tests failing
> intermittently, mainly inspector ones, but that seems to be happening on
> all the bots, so bear with us there =).
> --
> Gustavo Noronha Silva <gns at gnome.org>
> GNOME Project
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