[Development] Gerrit dropping CI failure mails?

Sean Harmer sean.harmer at kdab.com
Tue Jul 8 10:28:35 CEST 2014

On 08/07/2014 08:46, Poenitz Andre wrote:
> Blasche Alexander wrote:
>> Oswald Buddenhagen wrote:
>>> i tried to reduce the flood somewhat by denying the bots (including CI)
>>> the right to mail reviewers, so only the owner now gets the emails.
>>> on the downside, you now need to pay more attention in case you adopt a
>>> change from someone else, as you are still a reviewer as far as gerrit
>>> is concerned ...
>> Please revert this "feature". Why is this important?
>> 1. ) I don't have to frequently poll all the changes which I review for their
>> failures. I use gerrit via email push and not website poll. Why should
>> I change to back to such less efficient method?
>> 2.) I receive a significant number of patches from devs who don't have
>> approver rights and need some considerable hand-holding. Now they
>> have to constantly ping me when something fails. This is especially
>>   bad when it was me who was staging it on their behalf. If you have
>> weired CI errors, license check failures or unintended platform side
>>   effects the amount of handholding goes up signficantly.
>> 3.) I monitor progress in my code areas because I review the parts which
>>   are relevant. Subsequently I don't just want to monitor their success.
>> I can understand that some code lines are very buggy and require more
>> attempts (hence more failure "spam"). Then again we should focus
>> on stabilizing them.
>> Also it is dead simple to filter those failures out of your mailbox.
>> All you have to look for is "FAILURE" and check that "Gerrit-Owner:"
>> is not you. This way you don't force a behavior change on everybody
>>   else. Right now I am feeling forced.
>> Is it just me or how much does everybody else rely on it?
> It's not just you. I pretty much prefer mails in my inbox in case
> something happens (or fails) over polling a web interface too.



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