adamw at FreeBSD.org
Thu Apr 28 10:22:50 PDT 2005
Ade Lovett wrote:
> Hijacking a thread for a moment, this is a plea to all of those
> automated build error log analyzers out there.
> Please please please grep through the configure.log (if any) for the
> "obvious" part of the following snippet:
>>checking whether build environment is sane... configure: error: newly
>>created file is older than distributed files!
>>Check your system clock
> and act accordingly.
> Bonus points for somehow convincing the controlling terminal (including
> serial consoles) to show an animation of someone breaking a grandfather
> clock with a REALLY LARGE sledgehammer with an (internationalized, of
> course) rendering of "YOUR CLOCK NEEDS YOU!" below it, and then refusing
> to send the email/PR/whatever.
> Extra style points for completely taking over the terminal and refusing
> to do anything until the contents of the ntpdate man page have been read
> and recited back.
> Maintainers of configure-afflicted ports would love you all to pieces as
> grindingly similar emails turn up on a monotonously regular basis...
> Hrm. Maybe we(tm) need(tm) a "Common Ports Building Issues" chapter....
A lot of GNOME's FAQs ceased when we introduced the gnomelogalyzer. It
runs make(1) and grep(1)s the output for heuristics of common build
failures. It wouldn't take much to teach it to analyse non-GNOME stuff too.
adamw at magnesium.net || adamw at FreeBSD.org
adamw at vectors.cx || adamw at gnome.org
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