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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-10-17 06:57:52

David Abrahams wrote:
> on Thu Oct 04 2007, Beman Dawes <> wrote:
>> Until further notice, the plan is to do quarterly Boost releases, and
>> stick to that schedule even if updates for particular libraries aren't
>> ready.
>> If a library on the trunk isn't ready for a release, the prior release
>> will be used for that library.
>> I hoping for a final cut-off date of Friday, October 19, for making
>> "go/no-go" decisions on which library updates make it into 1.35.0.
> Well, I'm just going through re-entry from Kona, so that gives me very
> little time to do anything.
>> That means libraries with updates to be included should be passing
>> regression tests on trunk well before then. The process of merging
>> into the release branch will start sooner for libraries already
>> ready.
>> Here is what developers should be doing over the next two weeks:
>> * Start watching the regression tests at
> OK. My errors look like they are exclusively either:
> * Linker errors due to a mis-specified set of system libraries that
> needs to link with various Python components. That should be
> a relatively easy Boost.Build fix.

Is someone working on this fix?

> * Tester misconfiguration issues, as in
> * The import_ test failure. That's Stefan Seefeld's baby and I've
> asked him to look into it.

Please keep pestering him or markup the test as an expected failure
(unless you consider it a showstopper).

> Also, I had stopped maintaining trunk a long time ago, when I
> incorrectly understood that we were going to restart from 1.34.x for
> the next release, so I'm not 100% confident that my work on 1.34 has
> all been merged to the trunk for any of my libs. Not moving tests
> over could hide a feature removal, so I need to look at that for all
> my libs, not just Python.


>> * For release criteria compilers, fix or markup all failures
>> caused by your library's code. Fix or markup failures caused by
>> your library's code for other compilers according to your own
>> judgment.
>> * For release criteria compilers show failures you think are
>> caused by some other library's code, or by test configuration
>> problems, post list notifications directed at the library or
>> tool causing the problem. For other compilers, do the same if
>> you wish.
>> * For testing on the trunk to be a reliable indicator of release
>> stability, prerequisite libraries on the trunk must be ready
>> for release. If the trunk for your library isn't going to be
>> ready in time for this release, please make a branch of the
>> trunk with your library's name, and "merge" the trunk for
>> your library so it is identical to 1.34.1.
> Well, I'll certainly need a few more days than "until friday" if
> Boost.Python is going to be ready for this release.

That Friday date will have to be deferred, although I'm still planning
to issue a progress report on Friday. With the tarball testers still
broken, we just aren't making the progress hoped for.

> Do you want me to
> replace the trunk with 1.34.1?

That's up to you. You can also simply ask that Boost.Python trunk not be
merged into the release, thus skipping all Boost.Python updates for 1.35.0.

> We seem to be testing some compilers
> for 1.35 that we weren't testing for 1.34.1, so I don't have any
> confidence that it will actually fix the failures we're seeing.

Testing continues to be a serious problem. Intellectually I knew that
because of Thomas Witt's experiences, but now that I'm the one having to
cope with it, our testing unreliability has really hit home.


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