winetest failure summary for 1.0rc2

Paul Millar paul at
Sun May 25 06:04:34 CDT 2008

On Sunday 25 May 2008 05:18:18 Dan Kegel wrote:
> Figured out why so many people are running winetest on windows today:

Yes, this was a surprise.

IIRC, these tests are considered slightly hazardous.  In the past we recommend 
that only developers (and others who understand the slight risk) run 
winetest.exe; although obviously the greater coverage is useful.

Before people run the tests, I feel we should give them the opportunity[1] to 
find out:
  a.	what the tests do and why it's useful,
  b.	who should help (e.g., answering the question: how about
	my Win. install inside VMWare?).
  c.	what might go wrong (e.g., stale Reg. entries, computer
	freezing), how likely these problems are to occur and
	how to fix them if they do happen,

I'd recommend we add a clearly worded link at the top of each results page, 
that directs the person to a wiki page with above information.  For example, 
this could be the existing ConformanceTests wiki; although, with the 
additional information, that wiki might be a bit too busy.

Also, it would be nice if we provided some way that end-users could verify the 
authenticity of winetest.exe.  I PGP/GPG sign the binaries, but currently 
those don't propagate to the test-result page, so people probably won't 
see 'em.

Also, detached PGP signatures aren't very handy.  I guess running codesign.exe 
(or equiv[2]) would be better, but I've not used it before and we'd have to 
think about the X509 setup.



[1] -- also surprising was that one post to Slashdot and a legit-looking URI 
and many people downloaded and ran winetest.exe.  People's laissez-faire 
attitude towards downloading and running executable content off the Internet 
helps keep the anti-virus business going, I guess :-/

[2] -- A quick search found this:  I don't know how well it 
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