Patch tagging/classification

Finucane, Stephen stephen.finucane at
Tue Feb 9 05:45:01 AEDT 2016

On 08 Feb 20:08, Ruslan Kuprieiev wrote:
> On 02/08/2016 07:46 PM, Damien Lespiau wrote:
> >On Mon, Feb 08, 2016 at 05:19:37PM +0200, Ruslan Kuprieiev wrote:
> >>It looks fantastic, and it is exactly what I've been looking for for a long
> >>time now.
> >>Why aren't these features merged into base patchwork yet?
> >I wanted to make some fairly big design decisions that didn't resonate
> >well with where other people wanted patchwork to go: bootstrap, REST API
> >(instead of XML-RPC), series, test results API and result emails sent
> >from patchwork, git pw (instead of pwclient), use of the REST API from
> >the web pages, having dependencies not linked to what distributions
> >offer, ... So I went off experimenting.
> >
> >I suspect it'll be hard and time consuming to reconcile the two
> >branches.
> Oh, I see.
> >>How hard can it be to use your patchwork version for another project?
> >>I'm participating in CRIU[1] project and we would love to try your patchwork
> >>mod.
> >A note of caution, the two active patchwork branches have different DB
> >schemas, so choosing one branch means it'll be hard to migrate to the
> >other one.
> >
> >I'm not sure if you already have a deployed patchwork instance. If so
> >and if you're using Jeremy Kerr's patchwork, both Patchwork branches are
> >a fast forward and support DB migrations.
> I tried spending a day on installing and running vanilla patchwork but
> didn't find instructions very accurate and informative and the overall
> process was a total failure.

Are you trying this for development or production? If the former, have
you tried the new developer docs [1]? I have the advantage of
maintaining the thing, but I was able to get a new dev environment up
and running in about 10 minutes this way. This will be shorter as soon
as I figure out how to use Docker Compose correctly :)

If the latter, I'd suggest looking at an existing project to do this
for you. I used the ansible-django-stack project [2] recently to do
almost everything for me. I'm also investigating packaging patchwork
for a few distros but we've some higher priority things on the roadmap
first. I would be more than happy to provide guidance on how to use
this tool.

> I don't have much experience with DBs/Django and related things, so
> as for a newbie like me it is quite hard and frustrating to install it. I
> would much rather prefer something like what a webmin does -- you
> just download it, folow few quick steps and voilla! -- you have it ready
> on a particular port. I wish patchwork was that easy to get up and
> running.

Yup - I hear ya. It took me a few days way back when to realise I
didn't need to set up my own mailing list to get working on pathwork.
If you see any issues with the above documentation, however, then
patches and/or questions will be gratefully received.

> >Installing patchwork is quite involved though:
> >   - mail integration (how patchwork receives emails, there are many ways
> >     to do that)

Damien - this is the one that always catches me out :( Would it be
possible to turn your hand to documenting your recommendations here at
some point?

> >   - Have a DB around
> >   - Web frontend to Django app
> >   - git hook on the repos to mark the patches Accepted
> Hook which a contributor(i.e. who is sending a patch with git send email)
> should use or an "internal" git hook for a patchwork itself?
> Do you oblige patch sender to provide any additional information(i.e.
> commit id, change-id or what not)?
> >   - There's also a cron job (that I'd like to replace with a celery
> >     task)
> >
> >As mentioned before, Freedesktop's patchwork has a somewhat strong
> >opinion on distribution dependencies. It favours deploying patchwork in
> >an isolated, sateless, WM/container (or at least in a virtualenv) with a
> >tight control on the versions of those dependencies (as opposed to
> >relying on the distribution packages). People have voiced concerns about
> >this, but I find it rather freeing.
> I totally support this opinion. From a user standpoint, that doesn't
> want to get into
> deep fiddling with packages and configurations of DBs and Django, I
> would prefer
> to just download, unpack, do 2-3 additional trivial steps and have
> my own patchwork
> ready to serve my mailing list =)

Check out the docs above - it's not all wrapped up in a VM/container
(that's coming) but using virtualenvs etc. is par for course as part of
the development workflow for either patchwork or the freedesktop fork.



> Do you have your patchwork version in a easy-to-deploy form? If you
> do, would mind
> sharing it? I would love to try it out.
> >HTH,
> >
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