[webkit-dev] The Purpose of Core Builders

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Tue Nov 8 21:48:16 PST 2011

I wrote up a wiki page that I hope answers your questions:



On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 5:09 PM, Brent Fulgham <bfulgham at webkit.org> wrote:
> A week or two ago, Adam Barth elected to remove my WinCairo build bot
> from the list of core builders. In the check-in comment, he noted that
> the WinCairo bot rarely built, and was never green.
> I do not agree with either of these statements -- the WinCairo build
> bot had been green for a number of weeks after I activated tests
> (instead of just building), and the bot generally builds properly (and
> has done so for the past couple of years).
> I admit to being lax in keeping the bot green over the past few weeks,
> which was an unusual case due to external factors. I generally attempt
> to maintain the bot every day, but was not able to keep close tabs on
> it for most of October.
> The build failures (which I fixed this afternoon) took all of five
> minutes to correct, and were due to additions to symbol export files
> that were not applied to the WinCairo version of these files. Surely
> these small errors could have been corrected by the committer -- which
> is surely the point of the build bots?
> While I understand that a Red bot is annoying, I feel that removing
> the bot simply masked the problem.
> At the very least, I would hope that in the future that the build bot
> owners should be notified if a third party makes the arbitrary
> decision to remove a bot from the core set. The information is clearly
> provided in the build bot configuration page.
> Thanks,
> -Brent
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