[webkit-dev] Buildbots soon to require apache mod_bw

Gustavo Noronha Silva gns at gnome.org
Fri Nov 5 10:21:05 PDT 2010

On Fri, 2010-11-05 at 08:19 -0700, Evan Martin wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 4:53 AM, Gustavo Noronha Silva <gns at gnome.org> wrote:
> > On Fri, 2010-11-05 at 01:52 -0700, Eric Seidel wrote:
> >> This is a bad idea.  Please don't do this.
> >>
> >> Unless mod_bw comes installed in a normal Apache distribution, you're
> >> asking that *every* webkit developer install mod_bw in order to run
> >> the layout tests.
> >
> > We already ask them to install python, perl, ruby, apache itself, php,
> > in some cases additional codecs and whatnot. An additional apache module
> > is not the end of the world, is it?
> One thing you may have overlooked: installing software like this is a
> lot harder on platforms other than Linux.

I was actually thinking of Windows when arguing my point =), since for
us the module is one apt-get away, and I assume for Mac there would be a
similarly easy way of getting it installed. But since we have other ways
of solving the issue with reasonable effort, I don't think having one
more requirement makes sense indeed.

I'm just trying to argue that if (and I emphasize the if here) it was
necessary, another module would not be that bad. I understand from
Eric's message that Mac comes with ruby pre-installed, but that is not
true for most GNU/Linux distributions or Windows, and that was certainly
not a show-stopper when it got added to beautify diffs =). I do agree
with the goal of keeping the number of requirements to a minimum,
though, so let's see if we can get this done with the cgi Phillip found!


Gustavo Noronha Silva <gns at gnome.org>
GNOME Project

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