Continuous Build and Automated Testing of LiveCD

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Thu Feb 11 22:21:09 UTC 2010

On Thu, 2010-02-11 at 16:48 -0500, Jon Jaroker wrote:
> (I posted the message below on the Fedora LiveCD list and it was
> suggested that I post the question on this ‘test’ list as well.)
> Hello,
> Has anyone set up a continuous build and automated testing system for
> LiveCD development?  I am in the process of creating one and would
> like to compare notes and discuss approaches.  The objective is to
> perform regression testing on LiveCDs where all configuration is
> specified in a kickstart file.  We must be able to capture the boot
> messages as part of this testing.

> Please let me know if anyone has experience doing this, or can
> recommend simplifications to regression testing.  Most importantly,
> please tell me if I may have overlooked some existing testing
> framework for LiveCDs.  I would hate to do this work only to realize
> that it has already been done.

This looks fantastic!

We certainly don't have anything that comprehensive in place at present.
What automated testing we have focuses on the traditional installer
path, not the live CD. I know Adam Miller is interested in doing some
automated testing within the graphical desktop (Xfce in his case) and
was interested in automated live image *installation* as a precursor to
that, but this is somewhat different from what you're doing.

I think this is really valuable work and what would be most awesome is
if it could be integrated into the AutoQA framework somehow. AutoQA - is a framework for managing the
actual day-to-day running and result generation/storage/management of
automated tests, so what you're doing isn't replicating work on the
AutoQA framework itself, and it'd be great to have your work within
AutoQA's arsenal of tests, I think. Will Woods or Kamil Paral can tell
you more about AutoQA, on IRC or via its mailing list - .
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
IRC: adamw | Fedora Talk: adamwill AT fedoraproject DOT org

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