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  • Dana Jacobsen commented on My Love/Hate Relationship with CPAN Testers

    I love CPAN Testers and try to contribute. I've been thinking about firing up some oddball box for more smoking (it's easy and fast to do yet another x86/gcc/Linux tester, but that's well covered).

    Having the ability for a tester to retract results would be nice. I once tried smoking on a Windows box, which went fine until it hit the too-many-characters-on-a-command-line issue and then started spewing fail reports that had nothing to do with the modules being tested. Not only might one want to retract individual reports, but it would be nice to have a "Remove all reports for confi…

  • Tom Wyant commented on My Love/Hate Relationship with CPAN Testers

    I love CPAN testers unreservedly, and am puzzled by the OP's apparent belief that he, or at least his failing modules, are stigmatized by test failures. I certainly have never felt this way.

    It almost makes me wonder of the OP suffered some negative consequences from the misuse of CPAN testers data. And it is misuse to stigmatize a distro or a person simply on number of test failures. Failures can come from any of a number of causes, as the OP points out.

    The thing is, there are many cases (or at least enough for me) where the relevance of a failure can be de…

  • vsespb commented on My Love/Hate Relationship with CPAN Testers

    > I love CPAN testers unreservedly, and am puzzled by the OP's apparent belief that he, or at least his failing modules, are stigmatized by test failures.

    I did not see OP example, but here are real false positives:
    http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.cpan.testers.discuss/2013/06/msg3162.html
    http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.cpan.testers.discuss/2013/07/msg3163.html
    ="…

  • David Cantrell commented on My Love/Hate Relationship with CPAN Testers

    Let me address one of your points in detail, before I get to the over-arching point:

    Or maybe in the summary for this package the line listing 5.19.0 should note that this release was more unstable than the others?

    This is already done, by saying that it's perl 5.$odd_number. These are dev releases of perl. Most (all?) tools for looking at test results can distinguish between release versions and dev versions of perl, including the CPAN-testers website and CPANdeps. Testing on dev releases of perl is useful, because it's a great way of both finding bugs in perl,…

  • Mithaldu commented on My Love/Hate Relationship with CPAN Testers

    Rocky, you complain about false negatives and that you cannot remove them from the database. However i find myself hopelessly confused that you ignore the ability to cut a new release, or make your module detect a tester and just give back any kind of result you want. I've as a tester personally had to deal with modules that went "Oh, this is windows, my module works, but i don't know how to test on windows, so i'll issue myself a PASS here no matter what."

    If you say that you're the one with not enough power here, then you're not being nearly creative enough.

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