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From: Aleksey Gurtovoy (agurtovoy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-05-22 15:04:19

Jeff Garland writes:
> On Fri, 21 May 2004 20:41:59 -0400, David Abrahams wrote
> > "Robert Ramey" <ramey_at_[hidden]> writes:
> >
> > > Dave Abrahams wrote:
> > > I believe we will have to move to an "on demand" model for most testing
> > > while reserving "total coverage" testing for just prior to release.
> >
> > I don't. You can get test results for any library on any compiler
> > that's being tested daily within 24 hours. Some compilers are tested
> > every 12 hours (see meta-comm). I don't see why that should be
> > insufficient.
> It's kind of spotty outside of the meta-comm guys:
> IBM Aix 11 days
> Mac OS today
> SGI Irix 2 weeks
> linux 4 days
> Sun Solaris 6 days
> Win32 4 weeks
> win32_metacomm today
> And that's today.

IMO the only thing it indicates is that these tests are initiated manually.

> Consider during the next couple months 3-4 new libraries
> are pending to be added.

No a problem, in general. Right now a *full rebuild* takes about 8 hours.
If we switch to incremental model, we have plenty of reserve, here.

> Serialization tests alone dramatically increase the
> length of the time to run the regression if we always run the full test.

Well, the dramatic cases need to be dealt with, and IMO a Jamfile that
allows the library author to manage the level of "stressfulness" would be
just enough.

> What will happen in a year when we have say 10 new libraries?

Well, hopefully we'll also have more computing power. Surely a lot of
organizations which use Boost libraries can afford to spare a middle-class
machine for automatic testing?

> Robert and I have believe something will need to be done. We've tried to
> start a discussion, but no one responded:
> Jeff
> BTW I might be able to contribute to the Linux testing -- are there
> instructions on how to set this up somewhere?

For *nix systems, there is a shell script that is pretty much self-explanatory:

If you want something that requires even less maintenance, we can provide
you with the Python-based regression system we use here at Meta.

Aleksey Gurtovoy
MetaCommunications Engineering

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