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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-03-22 16:09:07

on Thu Mar 22 2007, Stefan Seefeld <> wrote:

> David Abrahams wrote:
>> on Thu Mar 22 2007, Stefan Seefeld <> wrote:
>>> I didn't find any answer when I asked the last time, so I'm asking again:
>>> What is the meaning of the absolute number of 'regressions' ?
>> Tells us how many regressions there are?
> What is the reference point ? The last report ? The last release ?

It's supposed to be the last release, IIUC.

>>> Did this number really go up
>>> from the last report to the current one ?
>> I don't know.
> But this is at the heart of the question: If the simple addition of
> a new test run changes the number of failures, how can this number
> possibly represent regressions ? Does anybody even know what test
> runs were accounted for at the point the last release was done ?

IIUC, yes.

> What I'm trying to say is that, instead of just picking up whatever
> results are found by the report generator, an explicit list of
> test runners should be chosen as 'primary platforms' to be able
> to measure progress, and extrapolate into the future.
> Right now it is hard to tell whether there was any progress at
> all over the last couple of months.


Dave Abrahams
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