[Development] Need advise on acceptable timeouts for autotests
rdieter at math.unl.edu
Mon Mar 20 13:55:02 CET 2017
Marc Mutz wrote:
> We repeatedly have the problem that timeouts that developers think are
> ample (because they exceed typical runtime by, say, two orders of
> magnitude) are found to be insufficient on the CI.
> Latest example:
> The timeout to run update-mime-database was recently increased to 2mins.
> But that still does not seem to be enough. For a call that hardly takes a
> second to run on unloaded machines.
May be relevant: Recent versions of update-mime-database do (imo needless)
fsync writes, which can make it take up to 30-50 seconds on some systems.
One can opt-out of that setting:
which may be desirable for tests such as these.
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