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    On Friday, 25 of January 2008, Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu wrote:
    > On Fri, 25 Jan 2008 10:10:11 +0100, "Giacomo A. Catenazzi" said:
    >
    > > As a tester I would like:
    > > - slow merges, so that developer could rebase and test
    > > (compile test) the interaction of the new code.
    >
    > An amazing amount of stuff gets caught when it's tested in Andrew Morton's -mm
    > tree. You think -rc1's are bad now, consider that much of what will be
    > 25-rc1 already got tried as 24-rc6-mm1 and 24-rc8-mm1. Without those, the
    > -rc1 releases would be truly horrific.. ;)
    >
    > > - you will introduce a new step on git management:
    > > Every changeset is compile-tested before going out to the world.
    > > I think this can be done automatically, and I think that one or
    > > two configurations are enough to find most of the problems.
    >
    > It's true that a compile on x86 and a compile on PowerPC

    Please add IA-64 and ARM at the very least.

    > should flush out
    > most of the truly stupid mistakes, but those are usually found and fixed
    > literally within hours. Anyhow, the proper time for test compiles is *before*
    > it goes into the git trees at all - it should have been tested before it
    > gets sent to a maintainer for inclusion.

    That's correct, but I'm not sure how to enforce it.

    > Plus, there's a *lot* of issues that "one or two configurations" won't
    > find - we continually find build issues that literally depend on 3 or 4
    > different CONFIG_* settings, and only misbehave for one specific combination.
    > And all the things that compile clean but explode at runtime.

    Absolutely.

    I whish there would be more time for testing things during merge windows.

    Greetings,
    Rafael


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