[Buildbot-devel] Buildbot with virtual machines

Alexander Lorenz lorenz at testingtech.de
Fri Aug 18 13:19:50 UTC 2006

you can do everything that is doable via shell commands.

so you could have kind of a "meta slave" which always runs on buildbot, 
checks out sourccs, starts virtual machines and lets them run on those 
from a buildbot point of view, this would always be regarded as one 
build though.



ps: which software do you use for the vms?

Trevor Strohman wrote:
> I am building a "virtual" build farm, where almost all of my target  
> platforms are virtual machines running on the same hardware.  I  
> expect that eventually I will have 10 to 15 operating system images  
> on a single dual processor machine (and perhaps more).  This machine  
> also needs to have enough spare capacity to run a few other low-load  
> services.
> Because there are so many virtual machines, I don't want them all to  
> run at the same time.  Ideally, when a build is submitted, buildbot  
> could launch some of the virtual machines, let them complete the  
> build, then shut them down, then start a new batch of machines.
> Is this possible?  I don't mind modifying some code since I'll be  
> writing my own system if buildbot doesn't work for me.
> Trevor
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