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Subject: Re: [Boost-cmake] Analysis of the current CMake system
From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-03-03 16:02:55

on Tue Mar 03 2009, Brad King <> wrote:

> Brad King wrote:
>> The current CDash release will not understand CTest build submissions that
>> use this launcher interface, so one would need CDash from its SVN trunk to
>> try it.
> Sandia's Trilinos project is using CTest launchers with CDash from SVN trunk.
> Here is an example page showing errors recorded by the launcher mode:
> We're still tweaking the layout if you have suggestions.

It definitely delivers the important basics. I could spin a nice
wishlist for you, but it looks OK.

> Another new feature in CTest/CDash development heads which may be of interest
> to Boost is support for subproject labeling. See their main dashboard page here:

Functionally, it's pretty darned good.

Room for improvement:

* I think we'd want a view that's limited to issues, so a subproject
  doesn't show up if it's all green (or has only warnings, configurable
  according to project). See

* It doesn't make good use of space in my browser window unless I make
  the browser really narrow. It would take some design work, but it
  would be good to be able to get a bigger picture view at a glance,
  especially when the browser window is large.

* It's kinda ugly, but I suppose we can tweak the CSS ourselves.

* It should use JavaScript to allow drilling down without rebuilding the
  whole screen, ala

> Trilinos is a very large project, so they label pieces of it in CMake,
> CTest propagates the labels with failure reports, and CDash interprets
> the labels to break results down by subproject. The same thing could
> be used for Boost's library hierarchy.


Dave Abrahams
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