make test drill

Marcus Meissner meissner at
Fri Oct 12 06:12:15 CDT 2007

On Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 12:22:43PM +0200, Francois Gouget wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Oct 2007, Jeremy White wrote:
> [...]
> > I think a test that fails, or crashes a system because of a driver bug is a broken test.
> > It's admittedly hard to write a test that will detect a vmware situation or driver
> > bug and work around it, but I think that is what we should do.
> > 
> > It's just like compiling without warnings.  Once there are no warnings, it's
> > easy to make sure none creep in.  But once just a few are excused as being
> > 'understandable', then a lot more quickly creep in, and no one pays attention
> > to warnings.
> I would add that if 'make test' crashes a user's X server or the whole 
> system, then that user will just stop running 'make test' at all (or 
> will run it in VNC if he is very very persistent), and will certainly 
> not set them up to run automatically and report the results to 
> With people running 'make test' and reporting their 
> results being already so few and far between this is pretty bad.
> So it's important that these issues be investigated and either worked 
> around in Wine, or a clear way of fixing them by upgrading the drivers 
> found and documented.

Or do a bugreport for X / your distro! :)

But I just tried bothering our X developers, but mentioning the Xorg "ati" 
driver (for my Radeon Mobility) just causes laughs. :/

Ciao, Marcus

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