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Re: [RFC] QEMU Gating CI

From: Peter Maydell
Subject: Re: [RFC] QEMU Gating CI
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2019 17:08:35 +0000

On Mon, 2 Dec 2019 at 17:00, Stefan Hajnoczi <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 02, 2019 at 09:05:52AM -0500, Cleber Rosa wrote:
> > To exemplify my point, if one specific test run as part of "check-tcg"
> > is found to be faulty on a specific job (say on a specific OS), the
> > entire "check-tcg" test set may be disabled as a CI-level maintenance
> > action.  Of course a follow up action to deal with the specific test
> > is required, probably in the form of a Launchpad bug and patches
> > dealing with the issue, but without necessarily a CI related angle to
> > it.
> I think this coarse level of granularity is unrealistic.  We cannot
> disable 99 tests because of 1 known failure.  There must be a way of
> disabling individual tests.  You don't need to implement it yourself,
> but I think this needs to be solved by someone before a gating CI can be
> put into use.
> It probably involves adding a "make EXCLUDE_TESTS=foo,bar check"
> variable so that .gitlab-ci.yml can be modified to exclude specific
> tests on certain OSes.

We don't have this at the moment, so I'm not sure we need to
add it as part of moving to doing merge testing via gitlab ?
The current process is "if the pullreq causes a test to fail
then the pullreq needs to be changed, perhaps by adding a
patch which disables the test on a particular platform if
necessary". Making that smoother might be nice, but I would
be a little wary about adding requirements to the move-to-gitlab
that don't absolutely need to be there.

-- PMM

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