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Re: [PATCH-for-5.2? 1/1] Acceptance tests: bump Fedora to 32

From: Cleber Rosa
Subject: Re: [PATCH-for-5.2? 1/1] Acceptance tests: bump Fedora to 32
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2020 12:29:59 -0500

On Thu, Dec 03, 2020 at 05:02:33PM +0000, Daniel P. Berrangé wrote:
> I think the problem with the Fedora acceptance is that we'll be constantly
> chasing a moving target. Every URL we pick will go away 6-12 months later.
> IOW, while the acceptance test pass today, in 6 months time they'll be
> failing.  IOW,  switching to F32 doesn't solve the root cause, it just
> pushs the problem down the road for 6 months until F32 is EOL and hits
> the same URL change problem.

Just FIY, the tests will not FAIL when the images are removed from the
official locations.  This is what happens Today:

   JOB ID     : e85527a9d75023070f15b833eac0f91f803afc83
   JOB LOG    : 
    (1/1) tests/acceptance/boot_linux.py:BootLinuxX8664.test_pc_q35_kvm: 
CANCEL: Failed to download/prepare boot image (0.33 s)
   RESULTS    : PASS 0 | ERROR 0 | FAIL 0 | SKIP 0 | WARN 0 | INTERRUPT 0 | 
   JOB HTML   : 
   JOB TIME   : 0.76 s

And *normally*, we'd have 12+ months between updates, that is from
Fedora 31 -> 33, 33 -> 35, etc.

> One way to avoid this is to *not* actually  test a current Fedora.
> Instead intentionally point at an EOL Fedora release whose URL has
> already moved to the archive site which is long term stable.

So the tradeoff is, a patch every 6 or 12 months, versus using a more
modern guest.  With other tests, such as virtiofs_submounts.py,
already depending on the same decision (to avoid multiple guest images
downloaded), I think this tradeoff decision needs more visibility.

IMO, the cost of such a simple patch every 6 or 12 months is very low
provided we'll benefit from the newer guests.

- Cleber.

> Regards,
> Daniel
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