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From Richard Liang <richard.lian...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [build-test-infra] Build Test Infrastructure
Date Tue, 11 Jul 2006 10:06:18 GMT

Geir Magnusson Jr wrote:
> Thanks for all the comments - I know this will be an exciting part of
> our project ;)
> (There were no comments...)
> Anyway, I checked in into enhanced/buildtest.  In trunk, you should be
> able to :
>   ant setup
> and have the almost the thing install and
>   ant
> just kicks it off and runs it.
Hello Geir,

It seems that JAVA_HOME is required by cc/cruisecontrol.sh on my Ubuntu 
:-)  Do I miss something? Thanks a lot.

Best regards,

> I say "almost" because
> 1) you need to manually get the IBM J9 VM and install it into
> cc/projects/classlib/trunk after you manually run 'ant' once to setup
> the deploy/ directory.  In fact, I think we should put the
> deploy/jdk/jre skeleton in place in SVN for this to make it easier.
> 2) there's a problem on windows - the full setup fails during the
> checkout of classlib, even though the 'subtarget' to do the checkout
> works just fine.  I suspect there's some memory problem or such, but I
> got tired of staring at it.
> This really is a 'proof of concept' sketch for comment.  Immediately,
> I'd like to set CC sending mail to our lists, and then figure out some
> way of aggregating the information into a webpage or wiki page.  Maybe
> wiki is going to be easier to start..
> geir
> Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
>> Aside from being distracted by my new macbook pro dual core intel
>> wonderbox, I was playing with seeding a build/test/ci infrastructure,
>> and want to solicit comments before I check in something.
>> I call this a seed because I know there's a lot of interest in a richer
>> framework for perf/stabillity/unit testing, code coverage, etc, and the
>> key is to make it easy for anyone to get, and propose additions to...
>> The top-level goal was to have something that anyone can checkout, do
>> some minor configuration, and get running, so we can have a rich
>> platform matrix for Harmony testing that's community-based.  Sure, we'll
>> run it on Apache hardware too at some point, but it must be community
>> owned, community created, etc, with the Apache instance just one in the
>> matrix.
>> I figure that we'll have :
>> 1)  some infrastructure you can checkout and run
>> 2) a target mail address/list for result/status messages that we accept
>> from anyone in the community that "registers" with us (IOW, people write
>> in and say they are doing it on platform XYZ, and we add them....)
>> 3) Some kind of system that gathers the info and presents a status page
>> on the website so people can review history and such.
>> I had a few soft 'requirements' in my head when I started....
>> 1) I wanted to be able to build a system so that for the most part
>>      svn co https://......./enhanced/buildtestinfra
>> will get you everything you need to run.
>> 2) I wanted to  be able to parameterize the ci/test run  via some kind
>> of  external properties  in order that everyone is running the same test
>> config.  Examples of these parameters include the platform you are
>> testing on (RedHat Fedora Core v1.1), mail information like return
>> address, mail server to send through, etc...
>> 3) I want it to be flexible so whatever comes down the pike can be
>> incorporated.
>> I looked at both continuum and cruise control.  Both seem to be
>> glorified CRON programs, with the point of just running a set of tasks
>> over and over and reporting on them.  I went back and forth and decided
>> that for what I wanted to do, cruise control seemed a better fit.  It
>> let me do things like create dependencies between projects (only run B
>> if A completes successfully), and seemed to be easier to run our
>> projects  as they are, w/o needing special kick-off scripts and such.
>> My goal is to check in later today after some nips and tucks.  It's
>> simple, it's primitive, and because I don't know cruise control very
>> well, it's probably wrong.    But it's been working all weekend, and
>> aside from the fact that my )@#!@# ubuntu box is under enough weird
>> memory stress that fork() fails, it's cute to watch.
>> So first, does this sound reasonable?
>> Second, what approach should we take for recording and summarizing
>> across a whole range of people running this?  I'd like to keep the mail
>> stream coming, as I think that's a great way to permanently track.  But 
>> based on that... maybe a little impl of James or something running on a
>> solaris zone that eats email and writes to a db?
>> geir
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Richard Liang
China Software Development Lab, IBM 

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