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Re: [GSoC] Continuous integration tool à la Hydra.

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: [GSoC] Continuous integration tool à la Hydra.
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:36:16 +0200
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Mathieu Lirzin <address@hidden> skribis:

> Since my second update I have first fixed a major bug.  When building
> different branches of Guix and evaluating package derivations the
> results were always the same.  The issue was that the evaluations were
> happening in the same Guile process which does not play well with module
> changes.  To fix that I have used a separate process + pipe to get the
> evaluation results.

Sounds good.  Using a separate process makes sure what’s evaluated
doesn’t erroneously ends up using modules already loaded by the
evaluator, and vice versa.

> In the last update, I have introduced usage of SRFI-9 records for
> specifications, jobs, and builds.  While they are nice to organize data,
> they have major drawbacks:
> - not flexible when you want to informally create a container.
> - require serialization when passing them throught pipes.
> For those reasons I have switched to good ol' alists, which are flexible,
> persistant, directly readable and don't require messing with load paths.
> The downside is of course that there is no compile time checks when
> manipulating data.


> As stated in my last update.  I have been working on storing data in a
> database.  For that I have decided to use Guile-sqlite3.  The principal
> efforts have consist of using an external schema file and design it.
> I have come up with this, but this will likely evolve in the future:
> CREATE TABLE Specifications (
>   repo_name     TEXT NOT NULL,
>   url           TEXT NOT NULL,
>   load_path     TEXT NOT NULL,
>   file          TEXT NOT NULL,
>   proc          TEXT NOT NULL,
>   arguments     TEXT NOT NULL,
>   -- The following columns are optional.
>   branch        TEXT,
>   tag           TEXT,
>   revision      TEXT
> );
> CREATE TABLE Evaluations (
>   derivation    TEXT NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY,
>   job_name      TEXT NOT NULL,
>   specification INTEGER NOT NULL,
>   FOREIGN KEY (specification) REFERENCES Specifications (id)
> );

An evaluation leads to several derivations (for Guix, roughly one
derivation per package and per system type), but the table above seems
to suggest that each evaluation is mapped to only one derivation?

>   derivation      TEXT NOT NULL,
>   log             TEXT NOT NULL,
>   output          TEXT,         -- NULL if build failed
>   FOREIGN KEY (derivation) REFERENCES Evaluations (derivation)
> );
> The next step will be to continue improving the database communication,
> and start looking how to implement the HTTP API.

Cool!  It seems that the database already has or is about to have the
info we typically look for at
<>: which evaluations were
performed, what commit (specification) they correspond to, which
derivations they correspond to and whether they

If the HTTP API exposes this info, possibly using the same API as Hydra
(see guix-hydra-jobset.el), that will cover an important part of our
daily needs.

> For those willing to follow my work, a Git repository is available here:

… and the README has instructions on how to run it.  If anyone has spare
CPU cycles, run Cuirass, ‘guix publish’, and share.  :-)

I’m happy with the progress that’s been made, thank you!


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