[webkit-dev] Comment on the bug & email author/reviewer before reverting a patch

Ryosuke Niwa rniwa at webkit.org
Wed Jul 9 13:15:39 PDT 2014

On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM, Brady Eidson <beidson at apple.com> wrote:

> On Jul 9, 2014, at 12:39 PM, Ryosuke Niwa <rniwa at webkit.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 12:35 PM, Tim Horton <timothy_horton at apple.com>
> wrote:
>> On Jul 9, 2014, at 12:10 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
>> Could we teach webkitbot to do an appropriate notification with a waiting
>> period? Either as part of rollout or add a new command to do it.
>> It already does. The "waiting period" is defined by when the person who
>> asked for the rollout sets the cq+ bit on the rollout patch.
> I don't think creating a rollout patch should be the standard method of
> notifying the author/reviewer.  We should be informing the author/reviewer
> ahead of the time.
> We already have an automated tool that quickly and easily notifies the
> author/reviewer, and that tool also happens to create the rollout patch.
> As Tim points out, the rollout patch is never landed unless a reviewer
> (usually the person who created the rollout patch) sets the cq+ bit on it.
> I don't see what negative effect the mere existence of the rollout patch
> has, or why we should codify into the process that a rollout patch is *not*
> created when notifying the author/reviewer.

When the bug for a rollout is created, the original bug is automatically

Also, the bot doesn't provide enough information as to what's breaking
because it only takes a single line of description on IRC.

It's crucial that whoever reverting a patch provide a detailed explanation
on what build or test failed and provide a hyper link to build.webkit.org.
 Otherwise the original author and the reviewer may have no idea what went

- R. Niwa
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