CI Requirements - Lessons Not Learnt?

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at
Sat Jan 14 20:14:21 GMT 2017

On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 5:23 AM, Martin Gräßlin <mgraesslin at> wrote:
> Am 2017-01-13 13:21, schrieb Eike Hein:
>> Ok, here we go. My draft of a formal policy for dep changes and the CI:
>> Compared to my earlier email, this draft contains some hard deadlines
>> and an attempt to specify failure modes if the deadlines are not met.
>> Please chime in with suggestions for how the text needs to be refined
>> and expanded to meet your and our needs. Updated versions of specific
>> paragraphs are the preferred format for doing so: The thread so far
>> has shown that free-form conversation is prone to mudslinging, so
>> let's try to keep to the lingo fo a formal, dry document.
> Thanks for stepping up to write this!
> A few notes from my side:
> * "Subscribing the sysadmin team to these code reviews is mandatory." - How?
> What are the team names one has to add as reviewers?
> * This drastically changes the way KDE works. It requires mandatory code
> review and gives kind of veto power to sysadmins. It's something the larger
> KDE community might need to discuss as it removes one of the core principles
> of KDE that anybody can commit to anything and code review is only optional.

That's what this thread is -> no further comment required.

> * Related to this: a month blocking on formal process is too long. If a
> maintainer doesn't respond in two weeks but another team member accepted the
> patch, it should also go in.
> * I would like to see a link to where developers can check whether a
> dependency is available. Reasoning: I want to check whether it's a
> no-brainer to not have to add sysadmins if it's already available. E.g. if I
> add a new dep in KWin, which is already used by Krita I wouldn't know that
> and ask sysadmins. That would be a waste of sysadmin's time.

For Linux at least, a search on the front page of for
the phrase "create_" will show you the jobs which manufacture the
Docker Images in which the builds are conducted.
Maintaining a listing elsewhere is prone to being out of date.

> * I would like to add another exception: last minute dependency requests
> prior to a feature freeze should be allowed under certain conditions even if
> sysadmins had not two weeks to respond. Reasoning: shit happens ;-)

Sorry, but a carve out like that is bound to leave us in the situation
we're currently in, where the CI maintainers have to sort things out
after the damage has been done.
That's exactly what this policy is supposed to prevent.

I'm in total opposition to this exception request.

> Cheers
> Martin


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