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Sawyer X
March 8, 2016 15:20
Feature request for smokers: Smoker identifier
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Hey all, :)

While working on the release of 5.23.8 I encountered something odd. I
talked to rjbs about it and he suggested to contact the mailing list. It
was on my backlog until today.

One of the important tasks when working on a release is to review
failures. The original instructions include a comment on "and if it
fails, try to understand why and fix it"[1]. This becomes more
complicated because some issues are recurring, some are new, but there
is no way to know this. Even if I had no idea how to fix a Solaris
compilation error (and trust me, I don't!), I won't even be able to
raise a flag. Despite the fact that the porters are pretty hands on when
such stuff happen, I would still be happy to have some form of
responsibility and not assume others notice everything. That's at least
part of the release manager's work.

When a test report comes up, it is not connected to any previous report.
Using just the platform is not good enough because you could have
multiple smokers. Taking the submitter along doesn't help, because a
submitter can run multiple smokers on the same platform or on a single
machine. Eek.

So, I'd like to ask:
* Is there a way of which I'm unaware that allows me to correlate smoke
reports and say "Uh oh, this is a *new* report from this smoker. This
specific smoker didn't crash before." or "Yay, this smoker is now
passing!" ?
* If not, is it possible to introduce such a thing? I've heard of this
QA Hackathon thing. It might be suitable. I understand Tux and Abe know
a thing or two about smokers and tend to be present during the
hackathon. Also, rjbs suggested this. :)
* Once having this (whether we already do, or whether it was added),
could we change the smoke reports to allow indicating a status *change*
rather than just a status?

Am I barking up the wrong tree?

[1] Uh... yeah, sure. Just give me a moment to fix this Solaris error
right here. :)

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