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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <g...@pobox.com>
Subject [build-test] CI behavior for email ( was Re: [build-test] Should we setup a separate mail list for "alerts"?)
Date Tue, 28 Nov 2006 12:45:44 GMT

Vladimir Ivanov wrote:
> Could we just exclude test while it is under investigation?
> In this case we will see only one notification for each failure.

That is somewhat orthogonal, because the CI system shouldn't care what 
we humans are doing - the "one notification" is automatic, based on "las 
state" and "current state".

My thought was that CI would send a "BUILD FAILED" email when the build 
broke on some platform/config, and wouldn't ever send another mail under 
the build-test cycle was successful, and then it would send "BUILD FIXED".

Only then could it ever send a "BUILD FAILED" again.

My problem is that CI is repeatedly sending email - it shouldn't until 
things a healthy.

For any given problem, we humans could choose to

a) exclude the test while someone works on it.  That would then result 
in a SVN change that would trigger the cycle again, and if successful 
send a "BUILD FIXED".

b) fix the code - resulting in the above cycle and "BUILD FIXED" email 
if successful

c) something else

but it doesn't matter - CI should just run based on 'last state', 
changes in SVN, succeess/failure of build/test run, and with that info 
and last state :

1)  send a "BUILD FIXED" - if last state was failed and the last 
build/test run was successful

2) send a "BUILD FAILED" - if last state was successful and build/test 
run failed

3) send nothing - if last state was failed and build/test run failed

3) send nothing - if last state was successful and build/test run was 


> Thanks, Valdimir
> On 11/28/06, Tim Ellison <t.p.ellison@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
>> > Each of us can use filters to sort them, but it seems like it wouldn't
>> > be a bad idea having a separate list for this kind of thing.  comments?
>> I'm happy enough for them to be on the commit list, but as you wrote
>> elsewhere we need to stop getting repeated messages for the same failed
>> state (these are being worked on).
>> Regards,
>> Tim
>> -- 
>> Tim Ellison (t.p.ellison@gmail.com)
>> IBM Java technology centre, UK.

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