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Re: Helping CollabNet provide an automated build farm for Subversion.

From: David Anderson <david.anderson_at_calixo.net>
Date: 2005-11-29 04:13:39 CET

kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> Just to let you all know: I'm working with CollabNet's operations team
> to set up a small build/test farm for Subversion. Erik HŘlsmann first
> proposed this idea privately at EuroOSCON in Amsterdam, and when we
> took it to CollabNet they were in favor right away.

Great idea ! (and thanks to CollabNet for backing it!)

As for the build farm systems, I haven't used any myself, but I know
that OpenOffice.Org use tinderbox for their build farm. One of my
friends here is in charge of setting up the MacOS X tinderbox for OOo
(our university happens to employ the co-lead of the OSX port).

So far, his story has been one of Pain, but I am unsure if this is
related to tinderbox itself, or to difficulties getting OOo to build
properly on OSX. I'll ask him tomorrow about his experience of
Tinderbox and get back to the list on it.

Aside from that, I like the prospect of being able to do trial builds on
the build farm. This sprouts another question, not quite related to the
build farm, but more to build automation: would it be possible to set up
<insert selected build manager> to build Subversion releases as well?
Having a machine correctly setup to roll release tarballs as well as do
validation building would help streamline the release process, and avoid
stupid environment mistakes such as the one I made with 1.3.0-rc3.

It would also help by lowering the entry barrier to being a RM. Okay,
it only took one evening to get the build environment setup, but I'd
have preferred a big red "Roll it!" button and a big green "Upload and
announce it!" button at the time.

Do any of the shortlisted systems allow this? (possibly with some
tweaking, which could be provided by Subversion developers)

- Dave.

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