Branch release problems
kevin.benton at amd.com
Fri Jul 8 14:39:04 UTC 2005
> Tonight we released a 2.18.2 release with a non-functioning query
> I had to post an announcement telling people not to download it and
> for an update. That's not a fun thing to do. This has also happened
> before (branch releases going out with major regressions in them) with
> versions 2.16.9 and 2.14.5. This is really unacceptable and it messes
> badly with the public perception of our credibility.
> We really need some kind of better QA process on our branch releases.
> know it's hard because all of the developers run the cvs tip or the
> developer releases for their own installations, so nobody's familiar
> with the branches, but that's what we have landfill for, and we need
> make sure things get tested before they go out.
> At a minimum we need to put together some kind of smoke test document
> with lists of features to test for each branch, then we need to make
> sure that testing *everything* on that list is made part of the
> process, before a tarball is rolled, no matter how few patches
> got checked in, or what they touched.
> I'd welcome any other ideas anyone has, too.
> We've also got almost zero actual QA since MattyT got busy with real
> life. It'd probably be a cool thing to get some people to actually do
> QA type things for us again. Bugzilla is growing by leaps and bounds,
> and we definitely have a big enough product to badly need a whole QA
> team, let alone the one-man-show that MattyT used to run.
Dave - that's why I'm actively working on a pre-release testing guide
for Bugzilla use here. Part of what I'm doing, however, is making it so
I can produce the necessary documentation for general Bugzilla testing
as well. The process of creating this guide is so involved, however,
that I don't see it being done for at least a few months.
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