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Supporting an independent build farm
Edward Capriolo 2013-06-16, 18:02
Hive's unit test suite has gotten larger as we have added more features and
thus it takes longer to run. For a single machine duel core with solid
state disks I have to start a test run at night, and then check the next
morning to see if the run has finished. (I have been running tests for
maybe 2 hours and am up to escape.q)

::opinion::
Also for a long time the distribution of which features get reviewed,
tested, and committed has been unfair. With more people involved in the
project this situation has gotten better however it is still not fair. What
sometimes ends up happening is that a good feature, which is reviewed, and
+1ed sits uncommitted for months or years.

Some committers or groups of commiters have an agenda and dedicated testing
resources, and others do not. This unbalances the project. It means that
small incremental improvements and new features not important to 'large
company with testing resources x' sit ready to be committed while other
people working in pairs further the project to their agenda. (This last
statement is not a condemnation of anyone, just possibly a fact of life)

::suggestion::
1) The project should sponsor an open and independent build/test farm
2) Once a ticket is marked 'patch available' this build farm should
automatically notice this and begin testing the patch
3) patches/issues which pass tests first should be considered 1st for
inclusions

We can use a hosted testing service such as:
http://www.cloudbees.com/platform/pricing/devcloud.cb

Q. Do any committers/interested parties like the idea?
Q. Would anyone be interested in dedicating financial resources to getting
this off the ground (I am)

Q. Does anyone have ideas for a better platform or a better system
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Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli 2013-06-16, 21:31
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Brock Noland 2013-06-16, 22:22