marcello kernel &ppc64

Stephanie Glass sglass at
Sat Nov 15 08:07:27 EST 2003

Tony wrote:
>> Which takes me to another, ahem, politically touchy point, I suspect.
>> There's a test lab here that pounds the crap out of SuSE kernels.
>> Speaking from personal experience, 9 out of 10 or 19 out of 20 of the
>> kernel crashes & hangs that they find are *not* in the ppc64 code,
>> but are in the generic linux kernel code. These are races of various
>> sorts, missing locks, data corruptions, you name it, I've seen it.
>> These get fixed in the SuSE kernel.
>What we need is this testing lab also pounding the crap out of marcelo
>I was hoping the Linux Test project and the stuff OSDL is doing would
>wind up with a 'test suite' that mere mortals with real work to do
>could easily run.
>Personally, I'd love to be able to build every revision that gets
>pushed into the ameslab tree, and then run regression tests on it. And
>then do the same thing for the mainline kernels.
>It would be a lot easier to defend patches when you can show test logs
>of kernels failing. OSDL and other internal testing labs
>are nice and all, but if we want the mainline kernel fixed, we have to
>either test mainline kernels, or make it easy for LKML people to get
>access to test results.

I am not sure what you want Tony. Right now, the LTP is run on the x-86
mainline kernel every night. We think that the LTP is something that can
be easily run by mere mortals. If you have any specific problem, please
let us know and we will work to correct. We do not run nightly on ppc64
due to a lack of hardware not desire.

The LTC Test group right now picks up the Rochester p kernel builds (2.6
based) as they come out and runs many different tests on them. Is that
the tree you want runs done on or is there another place to pick up the
kernels you are talking about. If you contact me directly and give me
the details we will try and do everything we can to help.


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