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From: Ruediger Berlich (ruediger.berlich_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-07-29 06:08:53

Hi Markus,

thanks - this helps.

So from what I can see at ,
there is currently a single (Ubuntu-)Linux platform being tested. So, as a
starter (and unless there are other suggestions), I will start with a
Fedora Core 9 (gcc 4.3.0, IIRC) and an OpenSUSE 11 (gcc 4.3.1) set-up, both
64 bit. My aim here will be to test the "cutting edge" distros.

Together, Debian/Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE should account for the majority
of Linux systems out there.

Best, Ruediger

Markus Schöpflin wrote:

> Ruediger Berlich wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I was wondering whether there would be a need for additional systems for
>> automated, nightly builds. My employer would agree to make a few (3-4)
>> machines available, with Linux-based operating systems. This would be a
>> VMWare ESX-based setup, although on high-performance hardware (8-core
>> blades).
> I'm sure there is. Linux doesn't have a good test coverage on the release
> branch, and OpenSolaris isn't tested at all.
>> I would personally be most interested in a test environment with the
>> OpenSUSE 11 64 bit / g++ 4.3.1 combo. It might be possible to also have
>> an OpenSolaris/Intel installation there, or an installation with Intel's
>> C++ compiler.
>> A pre-condition would be that no external access to the machines is
>> needed, i.e. it would not be possible for Boost members to log in.
>> Instead, I would set up the test environment as needed, and of course it
>> would be possible for these machines to contact the outside world and
>> transmit test results.
> That's how the regression testing machines usually are set up. The machine
> needs to be able to do http(s) downloads and FTP uploads.
>> Thus my question, what needs to be done to set up such a test
>> environment.
> Have a look at
>> Note that I cannot give a guaranty for long-term availability, as a) I do
>> not know how much work is involved in running such an environment and b)
>> it might become necessary for the systems to be used in other contexts.
>> If this turns out to be pretty much self-hosting (i.e. the
>> build-environment is self-sustained on a normally configured Linux
>> system), I would aim to ensure that the systems are available for a
>> longer period.
> Once it is set up, the testing runs pretty autonomous. It is demanding on
> the hardware though, you need enough RAM (>1GB) and disk space, and a fast
> CPU certainly helps.
> HTH, Markus
> PS: Since we are both located in the same city, don't hesitate to contact
> me personally if you need some help getting the regression tests going. I
> might be able to answer some things on the phone, if it helps.
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