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From Stefan Bodewig <bode...@apache.org>
Subject Gump Board Report Q4 2010
Date Fri, 10 Dec 2010 12:38:04 GMT
Apache Gump is a cross-project continuous integration server.  It is
different from "usual" CI servers in that it expects the individual
project builds to succeed; its purpose is to check the integration of
a project with the latest code rather than a fixed version of the
project's dependencies.  If you want a more traditional nightly build
server, Gump is not for you.  Use Gump if you want to know when a
change in your dependencies breaks your project or when your changes
break other projects.

Gump's intention isn't so much to be a CI server but rather a vehicle
that makes people look beyond their project's boundaries and helps the
projects to collaborate.

Gump is written in Python and supports several build tools and version
control systems.  The Apache installation of Gump builds many ASF
projects and their dependencies.  It started in the Java part of the
foundation but also builds projects like APR, HTTPd and log4net.

== Summary ==

A new Gump instance running on Mac OS X, Some development that lead to
support for Maven 3.x, work on project branding requirements, no
issues.

== Issues ==

There are no Board level issues.

== Community ==

The Gump project really consists of two parts, the code base for the
project and the ASF installations[1] running this code base to build
many ASF projects as well as some related projects.

The code base mostly does what its current users need so there isn't
much development going on at all.  No new committers have been added.

All ASF committers have write access to the metadata that configure
the ASF installations.  There are a few people contributing across all
projects and a few additional people maintaining the metadata of the
projects they are interested in the most.

No changes to the PMC.

In November we've been told that somebody was running Gump on top of
OpenJDK7 and encountered some compatibility issues[2] - which is no
surpise, we've always seen problems when we upgraded Java versions.
One of the issues identified led to changes inside Ant's trunk to work
around backwards incompatible changes in javac.  Unfortunately the
results of said Gump installation do not seem to be available to the
public.
 
== Development ==

Gump now supports Maven 3.x as a builder.

== Releases ==

The ASF installations of Gump work on the latest code base almost all
of the time.  The project is in a state of a perpetual beta.  There
have been no releases.

== Infrastructure ==

Sander Temme installed Gump on an XServe running Mac OS X Server.
This installation is currently only running the small subset of
projects we use for testing.

We've asked the infra team for a new VM to run Gump on top of Apache
Harmony.  Mark Hindess of the Harmony community volunteered to help
with the Harmony side of things.

== Project Branding Requirements ==

=== Project Website Basics ===

The Gump website matched the requiremens ever since Gump became a TLP.

=== Project Naming And Descriptions ===

Many pages only referred to "Gump" - this has been fixed.  The home
page starts with a description and there is no download page.

=== Website Navigation Links ===

We had to add a link to www.apache.org and the security link.  Our
license link points to the 2.0 license directly.

=== Trademark Attributions ===

The requirements are met now.

=== Logos and Graphics ===

Logos still need a "TM" symbol, waiting for somebody with the skills
required to make the change.

It would be good if there was any (at least one) logo to take
inspiration (or steal the typography of "TM") from, but even the
feather at www.apache.org lacks the required "TM" as of this writing.

=== Project Metadata ===

Has been in place already.

== Statistics ==

As of Wed, 8 Dec 2010 the ASF installations check out a bit less than
190 source trees (119 from the ASF repository) and try to build a bit
more than 700 "projects".  A complete Gump run takes more than sixteen
hours on vmgump and seven and a half on the FreeBSD jail.

The time taken on vmgump has almost doubled when compared to last
quarter while it remains more or less constant on the FreeBSD jail.
Given that we don't have significantly more failures on FreeBSD the
difference is likely related to other things that happen in parallel
on the machines hosting the VM/jail.

[1] the main instance at http://vmgump.apache.org/gump/public/ , a
    FreeBSD jail at http://gump.zones.apache.org/gump/public/ and a
    Mac OS X Server at http://adam.apache.org/gump/

[2] http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/gump-general/201011.mbox/%3C4CD8A848.4000502@oracle.com%3E

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