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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: 3rd consecutive day with build breaks!
Date Wed, 07 Feb 2007 19:39:36 GMT

On Feb 7, 2007, at 6:06 AM, Sachin Patel wrote:

> So we've had alot of recent build breaks, IIRC, this is the third  
> day in a row.  In most cases, these breaks are caused by something  
> that got overlooked, either forgetting to check in files,  
> publishing snapshots, etc..  Though these issues are small, they  
> tend to cause disruption and block day to day progression.  These  
> break-ages can be easily avoided with people being more careful and  
> taking necessary steps to prevent this.
> (1) If there are changes to external dependencies, make sure these  
> dependencies are published prior to commiting.  Many of us are  
> committers in other projects and the tendency is to rely on locally  
> built snapshots of those rather then published snapshots.

FYI, I've been doing that pretty much continuously with OpenEJB (i've  
got a setup on people for publishing).  Not sure what happened to  
last night's build/publish.


> (2) Make sure you're committing all necessary files if new files  
> are introduced.  To ensure this, if that means doing a new checkout  
> and build of the tree to ensure that nothing got missed, then this  
> would be good habit :)
> (3) Always try to do a full build.  I know sometimes is easy to  
> think, hey this is a one line change, it won't break anything, but  
> I think its better to take these types of protective measures.  I  
> think taking an additional 15-20 minutes by each of us to first  
> build is well worth the time to avoid the hours it can take to  
> resolve the simplest of build breaks.
> (4) Periodically everyone should run builds with clean repositories  
> so we can catch any overlooked dependency issues early.
> Is there anything else that we can do to minimize breakage's?
> Thanks.
> -sachin

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