[U-Boot] [U-Boot-Board-Maintainers] [U-Boot-Custodians] [ANN] U-Boot v2019.07-rc4 released

Neil Armstrong narmstrong at baylibre.com
Tue Jun 25 11:10:26 UTC 2019

On 24/06/2019 17:29, Tom Rini wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 22, 2019 at 09:43:42PM +0200, Marek Vasut wrote:
>> On 6/22/19 9:12 PM, Heinrich Schuchardt wrote:
>>> On 6/22/19 8:15 PM, Simon Glass wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> On Sat, 22 Jun 2019 at 16:10, Andreas Färber <afaerber at suse.de> wrote:
>>>>> Hi Simon,
>>>>> Am 22.06.19 um 16:55 schrieb Simon Glass:
>>>>>> I'd like to better understand the benefits of the 3-month timeline.
>>>>> It takes time to learn about a release, package and build it, test it on
>>>>> various hardware, investigate and report errors, wait for feedback and
>>>>> fixes, rinse and repeat with the next -rc. Many people don't do this as
>>>>> their main job.
>>>>> If we shorten the release cycle, newer boards will get out faster (which
>>>>> is good) but the overall quality of boards not actively worked on
>>>>> (because they were working good enough before) will decay, which is bad.
>>>>> The only way to counteract that would be to automatically test on real
>>>>> hardware rather than just building, and doing that for all these masses
>>>>> of boards seems unrealistic.
>>>> Here I think you are talking about distributions. But why not just
>>>> take every second release?
>>>> I have certain had the experience of getting a board our of the
>>>> cupboard and finding that the latest U-Boot doesn't work, nor the one
>>>> before, nor the three before that.
>>>> Are we actually seeing an improvement in regressions? I feel that
>>>> testing is the only way to get that.
>>>> Perhaps we should select a small subset of boards which do get tested,
>>>> and actually have custodians build/test on those for every rc?
>>> What I have been doing before all my recent pull requests is to boot
>>> both an arm32 (Orange Pi) and and an aarch64 (Pine A64 LTS) board via
>>> bootefi and GRUB. To make this easier I am using a Raspberry with a
>>> relay board and a Tizen SD-Wire card (https://wiki.tizen.org/SDWire)
>>> controlling the system under test,
>>> cf https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5ugi3iX4AAh1bn.jpg:large
>>> What would be needed is scripts to automate the testing including all
>>> the Python tests.
>>> It would make sense to have such test automation for all of our
>>> architectures similar to what Kernel CI (https://kernelci.org/) does.
>> So who's gonna set it up and host it ?
> My hope is that we can make use of the GitLab CI features to carefully
> (!!!!) expose some labs and setups.

Yes, the Gitlab CI could send jobs to lava instances to run physical boot
tests, we (baylibre) are investigating this at some point, re-using our
kernelCI infrastructure.


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