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Howard Chan: Testdrive Hacking (possibly part 1 only?)

Published Apr 16 2013 via RSS

Note: First of all, I would like to express my condolences to the people who died or got injured in the Boston International Marathon bombing accident. I’m extremely sorry for them, and I sincerely hope that they will recover soon.

Good QA people needs good QA tools. We, the Ubuntu Community QA Team, is really an excellent bunch of testers. That means we need top-of-the-shape testing tools.

Recently, some testers in our team (for example Jackson Doak or Sergio Meneses) has found some big issues in Testdrive, relating to missing images, or even some things like double menu items on a single image (see Launchpad Bug #1162057).

Testdrive is solely maintained by two Canonical employees (one of them quit I think). So, I proposed an idea of having us, the Ubuntu Community QA Team, to do the normal maintenance (and maybe feature development). Jackson agreed to my idea, and it was so well received in the team that in the final cadence week where we are supposed to do some daily image testing, I and Sergio went into the another way (at least me) and started hacking on the code of Testdrive.

The bug I wanted to fix is Launchpad Bug #1154563, which is that I wanted to add a Kubuntu Active image into Testdrive. Since it is an i386-architectured ISO, it wasn’t difficult to add it in.

I started by syncing down the Testdrive code in Launchpad by using “bzr branch lp:testdrive”. I then went to search everywhere for a possible place to do the fix (I am a noob in Python, which is the main language of Testdrive). I then suddenly realized that I only needed to add a few characters, as seen in the diff of my merge proposal.

Of course, I was extremely happy that I have done this, so I immediately proposed a merge. The merge got in today. Hurray!

Sergio Meneses also worked to get rid of the “double entry” bug. He discovered that the Bug was caused by cdimage.ubuntu.com having two folders for the latest daily builds now, i.e. current (passed the automated test) & pending (haven’t yet gone through the automated test). His merge proposal is there already, waiting for the Testdrive team to fix bugs.

I certainly hope that the current Testdrive maintainers are able to merge Sergio’s fix and push the packages before FinalFreeze. One of the features I will be working for Testdrive S (not Raring, FinalFreeze is coming up and I don’t think it’s a suitable time for this) is to add netboot, Ubuntu GNOME and UbuntuKylin images. Every flavour of Ubuntu is welcomed:)




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