KDE Gear projects with failing CI (master) (12 September 2023)

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at kde.org
Thu Sep 21 08:58:31 BST 2023

On Thu, Sep 21, 2023 at 9:10 AM Alexander Semke <alexander.semke at web.de>

> On Mittwoch, 20. September 2023 13:04:00 CEST Ben Cooksley wrote:
> > >
> > > konsole: (2nd week)
> > >
> > >  * https://invent.kde.org/utilities/konsole/-/pipelines/484169
> > >
> > >   * freebsd_qt515 tests are failing
> >
> > Sysadmin has been asked to take a look into this one, as by all accounts
> > there is no reason for this to suddenly start failing out of the blue
> with
> > no changes in Konsole itself.
> > I'm suspecting regressions within either our FreeBSD setup, or somewhere
> in
> > Frameworks (KParts specifically) at the moment.
> I'm fixing the tests for Cantor now which started to fail after I pushed a
> change to master that is not related to the failing tests now. The tests
> are
> not stable against different timings and the async. communication with the
> external process needs to be handled better. So, I assume something was
> changed for the freeBSD setup that affects the performance and the timings
> during the test executions. Maybe newer or older hardware in use?

Likely it relates to the load on the underlying CI worker node at the time
the job is being run. There is no guarantee you're the only job running at
the time as Linux or Windows could be running jobs (or they both could be)
and if they're both running that will definitely impair FreeBSD
performance. For most unit tests they're not load/performance sensitive so
this isn't an issue.

All of the mainline Linux/FreeBSD/Windows/Android jobs provided by Sysadmin
run on AMD Ryzen 7 7700 machines, with NVMe storage and plenty of RAM (the
host machines have either 64GB or 128GB depending on the physical node,
although the FreeBSD nodes only have 16GB allocated to them) so there is
certainly no hardware limitations or age issues here.

> Regards,
> Alexander

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