Re: Auto reject if autopkgtest of reverse dependencies fail or cause FTBFS
Paul Wise writes ("Re: Auto reject if autopkgtest of reverse dependencies fail or cause FTBFS"):
> On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:08 AM, Russ Allbery wrote:
> > Oh, sure, I'm in favor of disabling flaky tests if we can't fix them. My
> > experience is usually more that I'm leaving them on *because* I'm trying
> > to fix them and can't reproduce locally, or I think I've fixed it (but
> > actually haven't).
> I would expect most upstream test frameworks support marking tests as
> flaky, which usually means they always get run and results printed but
> their outcome never causes a build failure.
It might also be that the flakiness affects all tests.
For example, there is a race in gnupg2's gpg-agent which makes the
dgit test suite fail sometimes. (#841143, reported in October; now at
last being worked on.)
As it happens, I have chosen (for other reasons) not to run the
test suite during package build, so this is never a FTBFS. But it
could easily have been a flaky FTBFS.
 Mainly, that the test suite is computationally intensive and has
an inconveniently large dependency set; this makes it
disproportionate, particularly given that the actual package build is
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