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Re: Build Server for MacOS
I provide the release builder and nightlies builder for macOS for
KiCad. I would love to have the macOS build cluster also provide CI
checks for branches and builds!
A few months ago, the second machine in the cluster broke. The first
machine is able to keep up with nightlies, but cannot do any builds
beyond that. I have purchased another (expensive...) system for the
cluster. I'll be adding it into the cluster soon, but I am located in
the United States and my business, where some of these machines are
located, is not easily accessible due to the lockdown. Additionally,
I have two young children who no longer have school or childcare, and
my KiCad time has approached zero. I was able to get the 5.1.6
release out last week on time, which, to non-parents right now, may
seem like a regular accomplishment, but to me, this was a Herculean
kicad-mac-builder is primarily used for making release builds on
macOS. These needs are similar but also much more extensive than the
needs for development or "does this build/test fine". I've been doing
this for quite a few years now, and I am continually impressed by the
new and different ways that release builds of something of KiCad's
magnitude can break on macOS. (Because of that, the nightly and
release macOS builds are performed in their own VM, each time, with
all the dependencies built each time. This sounds like dramatic
overkill to everyone except for people who package and distribute
macOS software outside of Xcode.)
If you're interested in helping out, I would love some extra help. If
you want to try some third-party services, awesome. It will be much
easier to get kicad to build in a third-party CI service than to get
kicad packaged, so I would suggest starting there.
If you want to work on kicad-mac-builder so that I have more time for
doing things like "setting up the build cluster", that's awesome too.
There's a good balance of small and big issues on the issue tracker,
and I can usually respond within a day, Monday through Thursday.
nickoe has been helping out lately too, and he seems to be available
at all hours within a few seconds ;)
On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 2:31 PM Mark Roszko <mark.roszko@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 90% chance AppVeyor won't work because its build time restricted to 60 minutes. And KiCad builds quite slowly on the free services taht only provide 1 or 2 cores.
> An alternative, there's also the Azure Pipelines KiCad account where I run Coverity. It has unlimited minutes for open source project and provides macOS/Linux/Windows VMs with up to 10 parallel jobs at a time.
> On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 1:23 PM Nick Østergaard <oe.nick@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi Stefan
>> Do you have a macos yourself? If yes, you are probably better off
>> starting with resolving issues at
>> Adam Wolf got some new hardware for building for macos, the plan is to
>> add it as a gitlab runner. This has not been done yet.
>> On Mon, 18 May 2020 at 19:17, S.Weber <stifisax@xxxxxx> wrote:
>> > Hello KiCad team,
>> > I am new to kicad and was thinking about helping with the MacOS CI.
>> > Ian McInerney was mentioning on https://gitlab.com/kicad/code/kicad/-/merge_requests/218 that "currently there are no reliable macOS CI solutions for KiCad".
>> > >We don't currently have a reliable macOS CI solution. GitLab doesn't provide one out of the box, and the nightly build server sometimes has issues that aren't related to the code, but instead to packaging.
>> > I am wondering if someone is working on a "new" macOS CI or do have some experience there?
>> > I found two CIs provider which are free for MacOS open-source Projects:
>> > https://travis-ci.com/plans
>> > https://www.appveyor.com/pricing/
>> > => appveyor seems to directly support gitlab
>> > => travis only supports github => build needs to go over github mirror of kicad repo..
>> > So I think appveyor might be worth a try.
>> > What do you think?
>> > Stefan
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