[webkit-qt] qt5 version updated for bot / development

Simon Hausmann simon.hausmann at nokia.com
Fri Oct 14 05:22:08 PDT 2011

First of all: There no blame for Ossy. Blame me if you want :)

On Friday, October 14, 2011 01:52:43 PM ext Alexis Menard wrote:
> Hey,
> I don't understand why we should stick to a given version. Every fixes
> we do in Qt5 (which is on-going dev version, so read a lot) and then
> QtWebKit will be slown down by the fact that we need to :
> - ask Ossy to update the bot.
> - wait the bot to be updated.
> - warn the ML
> - finally cq+
> Yesterday a build fix (the drag and drop stuff) was hold, blocking a
> lot of people because of the bot. I gave up and apply the patch
> locally.
> I know Ossy is very sensible about the bot but the WK2 one is not
> public, Qt5 is still a very moving target with quality control and a
> set of keys (the CI ones) that we could stick with.
> What about updating it every day at a given time. Worst case a patch
> in QtWebKit will not be stuck for long, it doesn't require Ossy to be
> always available and it helps us to fix both Qt5 and QtWebKit at a
> fast pace.

We want to develop WebKit at a "fast" pace, right? That means what's below us
cannot change every day or minute, because if it does then I'm spending more time
recompiling the base instead of being able to focus on WebKit.

Qt is changing frequently, source incompatible changes can come in any time (hopefully
now with a heads-up on the qt5 list), behavioral changes, too. Fixes that may affect the
metrics may creep in silently. And we really want to avoid those if we're serious about
working with the layout tests with webkit2.

As long as Qt is moving so fast I think it's better if we stick to a common version of
Qt that is in line with what the bot is using. It's also a way to avoid developers being
stuck with trunk not building against _their_ version of Qt.

My suggestion is to introduce a weekly rhythm for the bot. If there are no source or
metrics changes in Qt, then you're naturally free to update your own build of Qt.
Heck, knowing myself I might actually end up doing that. But rebuilding Qt every day
is not everybody's cup of tea.

What do you think?

The alternative is I guess to update the bot once a day to the latest qt5 snapshot and
everybody rebuilds qt5 daily in the morning.


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