Notice of withdrawal of CI services: KDevelop and KDE Connect

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at
Wed Jun 16 19:28:25 BST 2021

Hi all,

The following is notice that I intend to withdraw CI services from the
following two KDE projects due to faults in their code or build system
which are having a significant adverse impact on the CI system and
negatively impacting on other projects:

- KDevelop
- KDE Connect

This withdrawal will be applied to all platforms.

In the case of KDevelop, it has a series of unit tests which on FreeBSD
cause gdb to hang and consume an entire CPU core indefinitely. This slows
down builds for all other projects using that CI server, and also prevents
KWin tests from proceeding - completely blocking it's jobs. This fault is
in the debuggee_slow family of tests.

As this issue has persisted for some time now despite being mentioned, I
require that the family of tests in question be disabled across all

In the case of KDE Connect, as part of it's configure process it runs an
external command that results in dbus-daemon being launched. This process
persists following the build and would only be cleaned up by our tooling
that runs tests. Should the compilation fail (as it does currently) it will
result in the CI builder being broken - which is why we have had so many
Windows builds fail lately.

As this is an issue that has occurred previously, I require that the
configure time check which is launching dbus-daemon to be expunged from KDE

As a reminder to all projects, running commands that interact with
dbus-daemon or kdeinit is not permitted during configure or build time.

Ben Cooksley
KDE Sysadmin
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