[Buildbot-devel] Re: buildbot and sourceforge compile farm

Alexander Lorenz lorenz at testingtech.de
Mon May 8 08:44:55 UTC 2006

thanks for sharing your insights.
i'll stay true to buildbot. :)



Olly Betts wrote:
> On 2006-05-04, Alexander Lorenz wrote:
>> just took a brief glance at tinderbox ... what are your reasons to
>> switch from tinderbox to buildbot?
>> a few words on the advantages/disadvantages of both would be
>> appreciated
> It's partly what I want to achieve, which doesn't fit too well with
> tinderbox's worldview.  Because of its origins, Tinderbox still tends to
> be a bit "mozilla-centric" which is awkward if your needs are very
> different to theirs.
> Coupled with that, tinderbox doesn't provide a good way to customise a
> lot of things short of hacking the tinderbox code itself - I've done
> this to the extent that upgrading to a newer tinderbox version is a bit
> of a daunting prospect!
> With buildbot, I should be able to subclass to achieve a lot of what I
> want to do, and I think the architecture will make it easier to add in
> hooks where they aren't currently available should I need to, or at
> least keep my code separate more easily.
> I'd also like to be able to offer mail and irc notification of build
> results, which moving to buildbot would provide.
> Buildbot seems more actively developed - it appears tinderbox has had 7
> commits in the last 8 months, mostly spelling corrections.  Also
> tinderbox doesn't seem to get actual releases these days - you have to
> get the code from CVS (though at least tracking CVS HEAD shouldn't be
> too exciting, given the low commit rate!)
> But tinderbox works well - well enough that I've not actually sat down
> and migrated yet.
> Lastly tinderbox is perl, buildbot is python - depending on your
> language religion that may mean you'd tend to prefer one or the other
> (personally I find Python a cleaner language, but mostly thanks to long
> experience I still find I can usually actually get things done quicker
> in Perl...)
> Cheers,
>     Olly
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