Volunteer for a workshop on "setting up your own buildbot/buildslave"? (Was: Experiences with El Capitan)

Ulrich Wienands wienands at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 09:13:51 PST 2015

Just to let it be known that there is at least one person in the universe very interested in PPC software… myself. I suspect I am not alone.
Unfortunately I cannot volunteer my G5 dualie as I actually use that machine daily… I assume as buildbot it would have to live in some location you chose.

Anyway, main aim of this email is to let people know that PPC is not dead yet. Macports is one of our go-to places for reasonably current software. Any support that can be extended to PPC is much appreciated.

My $0.02


> On Nov 10, 2015, at 2:31 AM, Mojca Miklavec <mojca at macports.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 10:29 PM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> On Nov 9, 2015, at 2:34 AM, Artur Szostak wrote:
>>> Let me ask another question: Is there a seamless way to add building and mirroring services from 3rd parties for the pre-built binaries?
>> No. We want verified binaries built in a clean-room by known servers, not binaries built in unknown conditions by arbitrary contributors.
> But from what I understand one should be able to *manually* add a
> buildbot's IP or URL to fetch the binaries? I totally agree that
> MacPorts should not support adding arbitrary buildbots automatically,
> but it should be possible to add your own, right?
> Me and Aljaž were discussing the idea of:
> - bringing a recent decent mac to the MacPorts meeting (in March 2016)
> - bringing a PowerMac G5
> - trying to set up a local mirror (for distfiles etc.) and a local
> buildbot/buildslave on both
> - preparing a short workshop/tutorial about setting up your own
> buildbot/buildslave (with someone preparing slides with clear
> instructions and giving enough time for a hands-on exercise)
> The output/benefit of this workshop would be the following:
> - having a 10.5 buildslave (ideally also including libc++ support) at
> hand to get feedback about potential problems with software (and
> hopefully having an unofficial 10.11 buildslave to play with)
> - get more developers familiar with the process
> - so that potentially some university/company could easily set up
> their own buildbots according to their local needs, or maybe just to
> build some additional software that is not part of the official
> distribution
> - so that a group of "hackers" with mutual trust could use their own buildbots
> - so that a group of developers could decide to easily test some
> nontrivial changes in private trees with portfiles (like a switch from
> multiple versions of Perl to a single version; or a move of Qt from
> one location to another)
> - so that some eager user could monitor building problems of the
> latest commits in case the official buildbots experience problems
> My question is: is there any volunteer on this list (independent on
> whether he or she will be able to physically attend the meeting) to
> prepare the workshop [materials] and test the procedures?
> Thank you,
>    Mojca
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