Proven tester special testing procedures: PackageKit?

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Thu Aug 5 00:45:04 UTC 2010

On Thu, 2010-07-29 at 14:01 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:
> We've talked about special proven testers testing procedures for
> kernels, and now another candidate for special test procedures has
> emerged: PackageKit. A bug in PackageKit got out in a Fedora 13 update
> which broke update notification, which is obviously a big problem.
> PackageKit isn't actually on the critical path for F13, but it is for
> F14 and up.
> So, I'd like to propose a special testing procedure for updates to
> PackageKit (actually, any package management-related critpath update
> should be tested in this way). As well as testing package installation,
> we should test update notification and installation for such updates. We
> can consider different ways of doing this, but an easy way would be
> simply to 'yum downgrade' an installed package, then wait: within a
> short time (I'll have to check how long with Richard, I think 30 minutes
> or an hour), an update notification should appear to let you know an
> update is available to that package. If not, we have problems.
> If everyone thinks this makes sense, I'll propose a wiki draft which
> sets up a system for package-specific testing procedures and drafts such
> a procedure for PackageKit. What does everyone think of this? Thanks!

Quick update on this - I've been ambushed by F14 Alpha stuff. I
certainly intend to move this forward when I have time, but if anyone
else feels inclined to draft something up, please don't wait for me, go
right ahead and do it! Thanks.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
IRC: adamw | Fedora Talk: adamwill AT fedoraproject DOT org

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