[webkit-dev] On frequently hosing other port's WebKit2 builds
abecsi at inf.u-szeged.hu
Wed Oct 6 16:13:02 PDT 2010
Dear WebKit Community,
In the past few weeks there were several occasions where Apple-WebKit2
developers ignored the red Qt EWS on Bugzilla and nonetheless committed
their patches and let the Qt bot stay red for several hours without any
sign of trying to fix the issues (mostly introduced by thoughtlessness),
or asking for help on IRC, or even the webkit-qt mailing list, or CC'ing
somebody to the bug who might be able to help fixing the problems before
hosing the tree, like with these bugs:
This is making the lives of the maintainers miserable because if a bot
is already red it is completely ignored by other developers, which makes
it really hard to catch up.
I respectfully think that this kind of arrogant and ignorant way of
development does real harm to the community.
We have a really fast Qt EWS and the build failures weren't complex
ones, the EWS would have only needed a minute more than the style-bot to
have a nice output where the errors caused by left-in old API calls or
old includes or left-out extra compiler definitions would have shown
themselves, and I do not think waiting this few minutes would hurt
anyone. Especially because this kind of behaviour is not only
disrespectful to us, but also to Eric and Adam who are working hard to
make these awsome QA technologies possible.
Comments like this https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=47097#c10 are
really frustrating, because all contributors are supposed to bother with
the Mac xcodeproj files and their cryptic hashes, too (not to talk about
the other nearly dozen build systems) if they implement something, and
stringently have their patches checked on all the EWS.
Surpassing all my private disappointment, I think IRC, Bugzilla, the
EWS's and other buildbots aren't there to force some kind of an unwanted
ritual on developers, in which they only upload patches to Bugzilla to
conform some policy, but to make collaboration possible.
I do not want my letter to be looked at as an offense or attack, I'd
rather like to kindly ask the responsile ones to stop the ignorant and
discriminative way of handling other ports, and at least try to show
some respect on other developers work.
Sorry, if this souded like an offense.
On behalf of the QtWebKit Team at the University of Szeged
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