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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-02-02 10:18:13

At 09:36 AM 2/2/2004, David Abrahams wrote:

>Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]> writes:
>> >I can't found any tests of spirit and mpl for the win32 gcc (mingw)
>> >platform. Aren't there any?
>> Those libraries handle their own testing.
>That's a strange way of putting it. _People_ run tests on those

Sorry, it wasn't phrased very well.

> Luckily some of the people running Boost's regression
>tests run those tests too. It seems wrong to me that they should be
>left out of the default testing regime, which is run on many more
>compilers than the authors/maintainers of those libraries can possibly
>test directly.


I think we need a major upgrade to our testing infrastructure. I'd like to
see a machine (perhaps running both Win XP and Linux using a virtual
machine manager) constantly running Boost regression tests. The tests
should be segmented into sets, including an "everything we've got set",
with some sets running more often than others. As previously discussed, one
set should be a "quicky test" that runs very often, and that developers can
temporarily add a test to that they are concerned about.

I can round-up a donation of a nice modern machine to run the tests on.
That isn't hard when powerful boxes go for $1,000 or less. But I can't host
here because I only have a metered ISDN Internet connection. So we would
need a volunteer for that. Again, we can probably find someone.

The key volunteers needed would be people who are comfortable setting up
and remote administering such a test setup. More than one would be needed
so that no one person becomes a bottleneck.

Am I dreaming, or is this something we should actively persue?


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