Schedule for releases

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Wed Dec 22 10:41:05 UTC 2010

On Wed, 22 Dec 2010 08:21:56 +0100, Erik Cederstrand <erik at> wrote:
>Den 21/12/2010 kl. 23.28 skrev Robert Watson:
>> Looking at 7.x, I'm struck by how much it has slowed down.  There's a
>> significant user community, but not a significant developer community.
> Which pretty much sums up a dilemma in the development of FreeBSD, I
> think. Developers want users to try out their new shiny stuff, but
> users don't want to spend time upgrading.
> I think one of many things that would be great to do is to improve the
> usability and coverage of the regression tests. This would take at
> least some of the burden off developers who want to MFC their work. We
> already have the tinderboxes, Coverity and Clang Static Analyzer, but
> apart from pho's stress tests we don't have any automated runtime
> testing (as far as I know).

Having a good automated testing suite is something that's been bugging
me for a while.  We might have one in early 2011 though.

I've recently finished porting ATF from NetBSD to stable/8 and uploaded
most of the work at bitbucket:

Most of the atf-xxx tools work 'ok', but there are still a few rough
edges to think about and patch into the ATF tools.  Then I'm going
forward to /head during the next couple of weeks.

During the first 2-3 months of 2011, I'll be able to bring over most of
the automated tests from NetBSD and then write a few more for our own
code.  Having a 'unified' approach to testing, e.g. the ability to patch
usr.bin/foo/Makefile and add something like:

    TESTS?=     tests/foo_startup \
                tests/foo_socket \

is something I've been talking about with uqs at .  I'll definitely feel
really awesome if we can run, for example, something like:

    cd /usr/src && make test

to generate a nice, automated test report for the entire src/ codebase.

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