Setting up a Quality Team within KDE

Michael Jansen kde at
Mon Apr 9 13:29:27 BST 2012

On Monday, April 09, 2012 02:05:28 PM Martin Gräßlin wrote:
> On Monday 09 April 2012 13:15:26 Andreas Pakulat wrote:
> > > There is not only Jenkins, but also CDash, which integrates nicely with
> > > our
> > > cmake-based build system.
> > > 
> > > I was trying to set up nightly builds for the KDE modules two years ago
> > > or
> > > so (hosted on, some of our projects are actually
> > > using it), gave a talk at Akademy in Tampere and tried really hard, but
> > > there was not much response to it.
> > 
> > Well, I'd say jenkins has a lot more to offer than cdash. Its also a lot
> > simpler to use, setup and understand for newcomers in my opinion. With
> > jenkins I can have a shell-script job which runs cmake && make && make
> > test and be done. Setting up a build for submission to cdash takes a lot
> > more effort - at least it did when I tried to do this maybe things got
> > easier meanwhile.
> I quite agree. Jenkins offers in my opinion much, much more. I have been
> using my own custom Jenkins installation for at least half a year now and
> that allows me to easily build KWin with various compile flags, etc. etc.
> Also the community around Jenkins is very active and there are lots of
> plugins available to improve the testing (e.g. cppcheck which got recently
> added to our instance)

As far as i understand things here (which probably is not much), the two 
complement it other.

CDash is in no way a substitute or alternative to jenkins. But another way to 
congregate and present the unit test results from different builds, machines, 
configurations side by side.

Jenkins as far is i know only presents the results of one build. But i know it 
can congregate the test results of more than one build. At least it can for 
java. But i am not sure it can do it for builds running on different jenkins 

CDash can. So each jenkins build could run the test and give them to cdash.

Best of both worlds.


Michael Jansen

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