[webkit-dev] Switching open source Debug bots to building and testing with configuration --force-opt=O3

Saam Barati sbarati at apple.com
Thu Jun 18 21:30:05 PDT 2020

Why are we insisting on doing something on the bots that takes ~10x longer to run than necessary? I’d rather have that time spent running more tests.

Overall, how we’re doing things now feels like a bad allocation of bot resources. The differences I see between O3 with no-inlining vs O0 is:
- Some race conditions will behave differently. Race conditions are already non predictable. I don’t think we’re losing anything here.
- O0 vs O3 is a different compiler. We may encounter bugs in O3 we don’t in O0, and vice versa. In general, we probably care more about O3 compiler bugs than O0, since we don’t ship O0, but ship a lot of O3.

(And if we’re going to insist on “I want it to run what I build at my desk”: I run debug with O3 at my desk, and I can run debug tests in a reasonable amount of time now.)

In evaluating what’s the better setup, I think it’s helpful to think about this from the other side. Let’s imagine we had Debug+O3 as our current setup. And someone proposed to move it to O0 and make our tests take ~10x longer. I think that’d be a non-starter.

- Saam

> On Jun 17, 2020, at 9:48 PM, Simon Fraser <simon.fraser at apple.com> wrote:
> I also object to losing good stack traces for crashes on Debug bots.
> Also, I don't think Debug bots should build something different from what I build at my desk.
> Simon
>> On Jun 17, 2020, at 1:36 PM, Mark Lam <mark.lam at apple.com> wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> We're planning to switch the JSC EWS bot and build.webkit.org Debug build and test bots to building with the following set first:
>> ./Tools/Scripts/set-webkit-configuration --force-opt=O3
>> This means the Debug builds will be built with optimization level forced to O3.
>> Why are we doing this?
>> 1. So that the JSC EWS will start catching ASSERT failures.
>> 2. JSC stress test Debug bots have been timing out and not running tests at all.  Hopefully, this change will fix this issue.
>> 3. Tests will run to completion faster and we’ll catch regressions sooner.
>> The downside: crash stack traces will be like Release build stack traces.  But I don’t think we should let this deter us.  It’s not like there’s no stack information.  And just as we do with debugging Release build test failures, we can always do a Debug build locally to do our debugging.
>> We would like to apply this change to all Debug build and test bots, not just the JSC ones.  Does anyone strongly object to this change?
>> Thanks.
>> Cheers,
>> Mark
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