[Bf-committers] Official Automated Builds

Daniel Salazar - 3Developer.com zanqdo at gmail.com
Sun Mar 13 20:37:02 CET 2011

Hi there, as the maintainer of GraphicAll's Instant Builds(tm) I'd
like to share my experience: IT'S AWFUL!!!

kidding apart, if you guys want to setup an autobuild system it
probably needs a smart way for it to report when builds fail. I've
thought of checking what was the revision that broke it and mailing
that person with the error log. That would be fantastic to quickly
catch this build errors in the various build systems and with full
release flags since most developers build without the BGE or other
important modules causing them to break unnoticed.

nice initiative, I look forward to never have to worry about auto-builds again!

Daniel Salazar

2011/3/13 Brecht Van Lommel <brechtvanlommel at pandora.be>:
> Hi all,
> In the meeting Ton proposed to do official automated builds, that are
> built and uploaded every day or every few hours. These should
> effectively be the same as release builds, and could even be used as
> official releases.
> To start, some questions for platform maintainers:
> * Do you have time to set up or help someone else set up such a system
> for your platform?
> * Is now a good time to do it, with 2.57 is in 2-3 weeks, or should we
> do it after?
> * Are there any pitfalls we should be thinking of?
> * Do you prefer to run such a system on your own computer or on a server?
> We can set up a server with virtual machines, for example with
> virtualbox it should be possible for someone to create the machine
> locally, upload it, and further maintenance can then be done using a
> remote login. Alternatively builds could run locally on system from
> developers or other volunteers.
> The advantage of having them on a remote server is that it would be
> easier for multiple developers to fix builds and make releases, but
> for a single platform maintainer it may be more convenient to just run
> such a thing locally.
> We could also start to use a Tinderbox system. Hudson/Jenkins was
> brought up, Buildbot also seems nice to me. It seems to be quite a bit
> of work to configure and maintain such a system, so for now I'd like
> to focus on simply getting automated builds.
> Thanks,
> Brecht.
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