[OpenAFS] Re: [OpenAFS-devel] call for windows buildbot contribution

Benjamin Kaduk kaduk@MIT.EDU
Fri, 6 May 2016 13:03:41 -0400 (EDT)

Hi all,

It's been more than four months since I sent this call for contributions,
and there are still no Windows builders configured for the OpenAFS
buildbot setup.  It seems that the time to prepare a patch removing
Windows support from the master tree is arriving, given the apparent lack
of community interest in supporting Windows builds.

If anyone had started to prepare a Windows builder to contribute but got
stuck and was waiting for input from me or someone else, my apologies for
the oversight; now would be a good time to send a reminder about the


On Wed, 23 Dec 2015, Benjamin Kaduk wrote:

> Hi all,
> The automated buildbot builder for Windows that performs a test build of
> each code submission to gerrit before that code can be merged into the
> tree has been disabled; please see the forwarded message below.  That
> builder was previously donated by Jeffrey Altman and provided tremendous
> value to the OpenAFS project over the years; thank you Jeffrey for having
> donated these resources for so long.
> It is my opinion that in the absence of a gerrit-triggered windows
> builder, the OpenAFS code for windows will very quickly bitrot and become
> unusable.  The development environment for Windows imposes constraints not
> found on Unix systems, and most of our developers are unfamiliar with
> those constraints, so without a way to automatically enforce them before
> merging commits, the windows development constraints will quickly be
> violated.
> If you are interested in OpenAFS continuing to function on the Windows
> platforms, I urge you to contribute resources towards a functioning
> Windows buildbot builder.
> http://git.openafs.org/?p=openafs.git;a=blob;f=README-WINDOWS;h=4f9af252f51677dd49e32c4af4411bd96eed53c9;hb=HEAD
> has some (probably somewhat outdated) instructions for setting up a
> Windows build environment.  Do note that the specific (old) versions of
> various softwares are important: newer versions will not work in most
> cases.  I may be able to provide some assistance in setting up a build
> environment; please post questions encountered while setting up such a
> development environment to openafs-devel@openafs.org.
> Thank you,
> Ben Kaduk
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:17:20 -0500
> From: Jason Edgecombe <jason@rampaginggeek.com>
> To: openafs-devel@openafs.org
> Subject: [OpenAFS-devel] Window build slaves are disabled and removed
> Hi everyone,
> The only windows build slave has been disabled and removed from the OpenAFS
> buildbot system. If anyone wants to stand up a replacement, please contact me.
> You may see the current buildbot status and variety of build slaves at
> http://buildbot.openafs.org/waterfall
> Sincerely,
> Jason
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