[Buildbot-devel] SQLAlchemy version check fragile? Running buildbot master test suite on Ubuntu 14.04 beta 2

Dustin J. Mitchell dustin at v.igoro.us
Thu Apr 17 02:52:27 UTC 2014

Well, you definitely don't want to comment that out.  Unfortunately,
sqlalchemy-migrate is unmaintained, and only compatible with
sqlalchemy <= 0.7.10.

The best way to fix this is to do your development in a virtualenv,
where you can install an old version of SQLAlchemy:


There's a bug to convert to a much better DB migration tool, Alembic
-- http://trac.buildbot.net/ticket/2590

I became convinced last weekend at PyCon that we can't "migrate" to
Alembic.  Instead, we'll just need to make a clean break and require
alembic upgrades to start either from from a stock 0.8.9 database, or
from an empty database.


On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM, Dan Kegel <dank at kegel.com> wrote:
> I was considering taking a stab at http://trac.buildbot.net/ticket/2425
> so I fired up a development environment on my ubuntu 14.04 beta 2
> workstation and ran the test suite with the commands
>   sudo apt-get build-dep buildbot
>   git clone ...
>   cd buildbot/master
>   trial buildbot.test
> This said
>  FAILED (skips=30, errors=197, successes=2758)
> and produced lots of errors of the sort
> exceptions.RuntimeError: SQLAlchemy version 0.8.4 is not supported by
> SQLAlchemy-Migrate
> I tried working around this with the commands
>   sudo apt-get build-dep python-migrate
>   sudo apt-get install python-dev
>   sudo pip install --upgrade sqlalchemy-migrate
> but then the test just failed with
> exceptions.RuntimeError: SQLAlchemy version 0.9.4 is not supported by
> SQLAlchemy-Migrate
> I then looked at the screen a little more closely and saw the error
> was being thrown by
> master/buildbot/db/enginestrategy.py in the lines
>     def check_sqlalchemy_version(self):
>         ...
>         if version_tup > (0, 7, 10):
>             raise RuntimeError("SQLAlchemy version %s is not supported by "
>                                "SQLAlchemy-Migrate" % (version,))
> That warning might be out of date... seems a bit fragile, anyway.
> Commenting it out seemed to let more tests run, and got me passing:
>  PASSED (skips=39, successes=2946)
> This is probably old hat for actual buildbot developers, I'm just posting it in
> case other newbies have trouble setting up a working dev environment.
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