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From OmPrakash Muppirala <bigosma...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: volunteering for ASF Jenkins farm service maintenance
Date Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:06:12 GMT
Hervé,

Thanks for bringing this issue up.  I second everything you said.

Having a good build system is essential for a project's success.  I am sure
the ASF realises this, which is why they have invested in all the hardware
on which the build systems run.  But it is of really no use to us because
there is no one around to actively maintain and provide support for it.

I know that the admins are volunteers and that they have a real life as
well.  But, I am a volunteer too.  Every week I get only a few hours to
spare working on my choice of an open source project.  But I often have to
end up trying to fix a broken build on a server on which I don't have real
access to, that nobody wants to provide support.  No one responds to
emails.  There is very little reaction to JIRA tickets.

Again, talk is cheap.  I am here to offer my time to fix the builds issues
so that at least my project of choice (Apache Flex) benefits from it.  If I
have additional time, I can help out with other build issues as well.

What does it take to become an admin for Jenkins builds at the ASF?  What
does it take for the current admins to take notice and realize that this is
a real problem?

Thanks,
Om
 On Mar 30, 2014 4:47 AM, "Hervé BOUTEMY" <herve.boutemy@free.fr> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Like many people in ASF projects, I need a good CI service: Jenkins is a
> good
> tool, then I expected ASF Jenkins farm to give a good service. That's not
> the
> case for a few monthes (no pun intended).
>
> Then I'm trying to help by reporting problems, updating documentation on
> wiki
> page, trying to answer to people on the list who face same problems than
> me,
> ping people able to do something (trying not to upset them).
>
> From these monthes, I only saw few Jenkins admins working on problems,
> always
> the same 2 or 3 (not all on the wiki page). But they seem to have little
> time
> to fix immediate issues. And I don't see any plan for fixing recurring
> problems,
> apart from master machine change in january: maybe I'm not on the right
> list,
> maybe there is nothing done.
>
> I'm ready to give time on this service. But I need to know how to engage
> with
> people interested in recurring problems, discuss plans to improve the
> service.
> Having admin rights on the farm can help, but without discussion with the
> Jenkins farm admins team to decrypt problems and choose a concerted
> solution,
> that will only do half of a solution (better than nothing)
>
> Please let me know how to help to get a better service.
>
> Regards,
>
> Hervé
>

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