Plan for tomorrow's FESCo meeting (2010-11-17)

Miloslav Trmač mitr at volny.cz
Sat Nov 20 21:24:46 UTC 2010


Adam Williamson píše v So 20. 11. 2010 v 13:14 -0800: 
> On Sat, 2010-11-20 at 20:30 +0100, Miloslav Trmač wrote:
> > If the "something else" is more important than testing the update,
> > testing the updates truly is a waste of time.
> 
> I don't disagree with anything you say, but the question of what's more
> important than testing an update is key. If an update's worth doing,
> it's worth testing.
.. and if it is worth testing, it is worth testing more, right?  Yet one
has to stop sooner or later.

Let me give you a specific example: I maintain quite a few leaf
packages.  The packages have an automated test suite.  I test the code
changes as applied the main branch.  I test the final update RPMs
rebuilt locally my system.

Given all this testing, I'm not going to spend time testing the
particular builds on all supported distributions - the overhead would
often take more time than all of the testing above, and it is much less
likely to find any problems.  The only really remaining risks are
compiler problems (which are extremely rare) and dependency problems
(which are just as rare for these particular packages).
Mirek



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