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From Curt Arnold <carn...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Most stable version of log4cxx?
Date Thu, 06 Dec 2007 18:16:57 GMT

On Dec 6, 2007, at 8:58 AM, Stephen Bartnikowski wrote:

> Hey Curt,
> What's the testing process? How do we the users get involved on that  
> and
> what sort of committment do we need to make?
> I think it's important I eke out some testing time out of my  
> schedule to
> help out on that front, since, hey I'm using developer builds of  
> log4cxx on
> FreeBSD, openSUSE, SUSE Enterprise, Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise,  
> White Box,
> and I want to bring it over to Mac OS X Server.

That is a nice set of platforms that compliments the ones that I test  
on.  I currently test on Ubuntu 6.06 and 7.10 on i386 and x86_64, Mac  
OS/X and Win 2K with VC6 and VC7.  I've got a Windows Vista x86_64  
that I need to get Visual Studio 2008 up and running on to test Win64  
builds.  All running as VM's under VMWare Fusion.  I'd like to have  
Solaris using gcc and Sun Studio in my collection of VMs, but  
struggled on previous attempts on setting up a Solaris VM in  
assembling all the needed software.

> As for the voting process, is there a process there too? Do we need to
> subscribe to general@logging.apache.org to participate?

The requirements for an Apache release process is described in the  
following documents (ordered in most binding to least binding)


The outline of the process would be that a release candidate is  
prepared from a SVN tag and placed at http://people.apache.org/builds  
for review and a vote is called on log4cxx-dev and general@logging.apache.org 
  which is open at least 72 hours.  The Logging Services Guidelines  
prescribe distinct votes by the subproject (log4cxx) and LS PMC, but  
those have been held simultaneously in previous log4j releases since  
it ends up as two votes by almost the same set of people.  LS PMC  
members have the only binding votes and at least 3 votes in favor from  
PMC members are required.  Other voters are desired, but only  
advisory.  To get that many votes from the PMC will mean convincing  
members whose primary interest is log4j, log4net or Chainsaw to cross  
lines and vet our release, so the more advisory votes on the release  
would allow the PMC members to with confidence focus on just the legal  
and procedural requirements.  If there is a community in favor of a  
release candidate, then working through the procedural and political  
issues should be achievable.  If there isn't a community, then it is  
likely stuck.

On Dec 6, 2007, at 9:25 AM, renny.koshy@rubixinfotech.com wrote:

> Stephen -
> Very good question... I have an offshore dev team who may be able to  
> throw
> in some time testing, assuming there are **documented** tests to  
> run.  They
> are definitely not too good on "ad-hoc" style testing.

There are a couple of classes of "testing" that I envisioned:

a) build and unit test testing on different platforms/compiler  

This type of testing would check that log4cxx builds and passes unit  
tests on a variety of platforms and compiler variations and that the  
INSTALL file properly describes the build process.  The ideal persons  
for this type of testing have a variety of build platforms already  
available and could give a pass/no-pass in just a few minutes.

b) Release reproducibility testing

Confirm that an identical or near identical release can be prepared  
from the SVN.  For log4j, the release build environment has been a  
specific configuration of Ubuntu 6.06-1 and with the exception of  
timestamps within the zip files, releases are bit-for-bit identical.   
Before I prep a release candidate, I'll confirm that I can repeat it.   
It would be good for someone else to confirm that they were also able  
to reproduce the release.

c) Unit tests using diagnostic tools

I'll run the unit tests under valgrind before prepping the release  
candidate.  Anyone who has Purify, BoundsChecker or other tool who  
wants to take a spin would be appreciated.  Anyone with a real app who  
can profile log4cxx would also be appreciated.

d) Application testing

Sanity tests of someone who has an non-trivial app that can report  
would be appreciated.

None of these seem like things that could be effectively out-sourced.

On Dec 6, 2007, at 10:06 AM, Andrew Phu wrote:

> Wow!
> I work in a Windows environment.  Are there any instructions on build
> and test?
> Thanks,
> An

Check INSTALL and if it leaves any gaps ask on the list.  The release  
would contain at least VC6 project files produced from Ant+cpptasks,  
but for now you have to generate those on your own.

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