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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: Buildbots update
Date Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:49:39 GMT

On 02/10/2016 09:41 AM, Damjan Jovanovic wrote:
> Hi
> Most of the common problems with the buildbots have been fixed:
> * The Windows buildbots were failing to determine the SVN revision
> being built, showing "UNKNOWN". This was fixed by running the "svn
> info" command under Cygwin, as the Windows build bots do not have the
> Windows version of SVN installed, only a Cygwin one.
> * Many builds were failing because ./bootstrap couldn't download some
> dependencies. Now we run it twice, and abort the build if both failed.
> * SVN checkout was intermittently failing on many buildbots, because
> buildbot uses hardcoded and too short 120 second timeouts when
> deleting the massive previous build directory, and when copying the
> checked out source to the new build directory. After much testing, I
> changed all the *nix buildbots to a slower but extremely resilient
> option, separately deleting the old SVN directory, doing a fresh SVN
> checkout, deleting the old build directory, and copying the SVN
> directory to make a new build directory, each with a very long
> timeout.

Thanks again for your persistent work on the buildbots. I know
learning about the quirks was time consuming and rather frustrating.

> All the *nix buildbots are now green and should be building 100% reliably.


> BTW after committing to our buildbot script at
> you'll know the buildbot is using your changes when all the IRC bots
> (one of which is ooo-bot) in #asftest on Freenode disconnect and
> reconnect, which happens about 5 minutes after you commit.

OK, good to know.

> Sadly Windows is more broken than ever :-(. I've been told by infra
> that the apr problem happens because keeps
> ext_libraries/apr/ open
> after the build is over, breaking the next build. Having read
> a bit, I suspect the give_second_chance function which tries to re-run
> make if the build fails on Windows, may be involved. However we now
> have a new problem, where aoo-win7 hangs during the build, seemingly
> while delivering sc :-(.

OK, thanks for the full story.

> Otherwise:
> * Infra was doing some work on the
> website but it's
> still not using our changes in SVN.
> * The buildbots shouldn't just be building (which just proves the code
> compiles on that platform and the unit tests all pass), but also
> collecting results from qa tests.
> Damjan

Again thank you for all your wonderful work. Maybe others can help
with the Windows hanging problem.


"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
 anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
                            -- Carl Bard

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