[webkit-dev] style-queue entering beta

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Sat Nov 28 10:53:06 PST 2009

On Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 10:21 AM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
> On Nov 28, 2009, at 2:21 AM, Adam Barth wrote:
>> 1) "Adding an extra flags is going to cause confusion."  The
>> style-queue does not add any flags to Bugzilla.  Instead of storing
>> it's state in Bugzilla flags (like commit-queue does), we built an
>> AppEngine web service to hold the queue's persistent state.  Instead
>> of indicating style errors with a negative flag, the bot adds a
>> comment to the bug.
> It does seem that flags are noisy in an unappealing way, but it would be
> much better (IMO) to store this information in the bugzilla database instead
> of externally. Is there any way we can do that?

>From an implementation point of view, either way is easy now that
we've got the infrastructure built.  It's a question of which you'd

> Could we make a flag that is
> hidden in the default UI, or use specially formatted comments that the bot
> knows how to recognize?

>From my point of view, a hidden flag could work.  We considered
specially formatted comments, but that would make the bot more chatty.
 For example, if the style-queue has some internal error that prevents
it from processing the patch, it wants to remember that, but it
doesn't want to spam the bug with that information.

I'm not sure representing all the state in Bugzilla is necessary.  We
should represent the "most interesting" state (e.g., pass / fail)
there.  For the rest, we can have a dashboard similar to
build.webkit.org that shows the status of various patches before they
are committed.  I've started sketching something rough here:


You can imagine clicking those squares to see the full log of what
happened.  For example, if the build failed on Qt, you might want to
see the full output of build-webkit --qt, but we don't need to post
all that to Bugzilla.  The comment might just say:

Patch 86912 did not build on Qt.  Build log:

At a higher level, I'm sympathetic to Mark's concerns about what the
system will look like when we have a number of bots.  Bugzilla flags
work well for receiving input from humans.  There are lots of choices
for how to present output.  For example, another option is to have a
bunch of colored squares next to each attachment that represent that
patch's row on the dashboard.


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