[webkit-dev] Questions of a new committer

Eric Seidel eric at webkit.org
Fri Jun 25 11:53:19 PDT 2010

Completely agreed!  That's why Adam and I are trying an experiment of
removing the "wait for all bots to be green" check from the

So far so good.  It's probably too extreme to remove the check
entirely, but we'll know better after a few days.

The queue was over 50 entries last night, but it's down to 25 now and
should be 0 by tomorrow.  With the green check gone, time from cq+ to
landing should only be how long it takes to build and test your patch.


On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM, Tony Gentilcore <tonyg at chromium.org> wrote:
> Is there any policy or guideline regarding when it is appropriate to use the
> commit queue vs landing directly?
> I feel like there is an unfortunate "positive feedback" loop right now:
> 1. Commit queue gets slightly backed up either due to a breakage or just
> heavy volume.
> 2. Because the queue is backed up, it is more tempting to land directly.
> 3. Directly landed patches are more likely to break the tree and the new
> breakage backs up the queue even more.
> 4. Goto #2.
> Long queues punish developers not because of the wait for the patch to land,
> but because those patches are more likely to have merge conflicts. So the
> incentive seems to be to land without the queue. I'm just curious if this
> has been brought up before and if folks more experienced than myself have
> ideas about how we could improve this.
> Tony
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