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Welcome to Buildbot

The BuildBot is a system to automate the compile/test cycle required by most software projects to validate code changes. By automatically rebuilding and testing the tree each time something has changed, build problems are pinpointed quickly, before other developers are inconvenienced by the failure. The guilty developer can be identified and harassed without human intervention. By running the builds on a variety of platforms, developers who do not have the facilities to test their changes everywhere before checkin will at least know shortly afterwards whether they have broken the build or not. Warning counts, lint checks, image size, compile time, and other build parameters can be tracked over time, are more visible, and are therefore easier to improve.

The overall goal is to reduce tree breakage and provide a platform to run tests or code-quality checks that are too annoying or pedantic for any human to waste their time with. Developers get immediate (and potentially public) feedback about their changes, encouraging them to be more careful about testing before checkin.

Current contents:

Download

  • From Source: download the latest version from the SourceForge download page, run setup.py install as per the README, and read the UserManual about configuring your new buildbot.
  • Debian Users: install the 'buildbot' package from the 'unstable' or 'testing' distribution.
  • Ubuntu Users: install the 'buildbot' package from the Dapper 'universe' section (version 0.7.2 in dapper, 0.7.4 in edgy). (thanks to Matthias Klose for making both of these debian versions happen!). For newer versions, look for backports or install from source.
  • SUSE Users: Marcus Rueckert has made SUSE RPMs available at http://software.opensuse.org/download/devel:/tools:/building/ . There is also user documentation available.
  • Darwin Users: run port install buildbot (thanks to Olivier Bonnet for making this happen!)

Success Stories

Buildbots are installed in at least 100 sites all over the world. Users have submitted pointers to the SuccessStories page, so you can get a feel for how Buildbot is being used. Install a buildbot today and add your name!

Helpful Pages

HelpfulPages contains a collection of articles and blog postings about Buildbot.

Development

  • FutureIdeas has some random thoughts on things that might make the Buildbot better.

Miscellaneous

The original TracStartingPage was moved away.