[webkit-dev] LayoutTests results fallback graph

Mark Rowe mrowe at apple.com
Sun Jul 10 14:50:47 PDT 2011

On Jul 10, 2011, at 14:27, Adam Barth <abarth at webkit.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM, Mark Rowe <mrowe at apple.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 10, 2011, at 13:57, Adam Barth <abarth at webkit.org> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM, Mark Rowe <mrowe at apple.com> wrote:
>>>> On 2011-07-10, at 13:20, Adam Barth wrote:
>>>>> Sure.  I'll highlight the relevant section of my original email:
>>>>> On Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM, Adam Barth <abarth at webkit.org> wrote:
>>>>>> These changes have the following virtues:
>>>>>> A) The resulting fallback graph will be a tree, making the fallback
>>>>>> graph easier to understand for both humans and automated tools.
>>>> I don't see how Windows falling back to mac-snowleopard has any effect on that.  It's no different than mac-leopard in that regard.  Then again, maybe the diagram is trying to convey something that I'm missing due to having no idea what the difference is between the myriad of different line styles in the diagram.
>>> Notice that the circle for "win" has two arrows emanating from it.
>>> One of those arrows goes to "mac" and the other goes to
>>> "mac-snowleopard".  That means that of the fallback paths that transit
>>> "win", one path flows through "mac-snowlepard" where as the remainder
>>> flow through "mac".  If we change "win" to fall back to "mac", then
>>> the graph becomes more tree-like.  (If make change (2) as well, then
>>> the graph globally becomes a tree.)
>> Can you please clarify what the edges in your diagram, along with what the different line styles, represent?
> Sure.

Thanks. My confusion here comes from the idea that Windows falling back on SnowLeopard causes some sort of "non-tree"-like complexity that other platforms falling back via SnowLeopard aren't also subject to. The behaviour of Leopard and Windows seems incredibly similar in this regard so I'm very unclear as to why only Windows is problematic.

There's an additional confusing element here:  Only a subset of Lion-specific results are currently checked in. The difference between mac and mac-snowleopard results is likely much bigger than you realise.

- Mark

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