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Re: Build Server for MacOS


> nickoe has something on azure running, but the MacOS build is currently
failing there:

Yea because its been low priority to get it working for either of us

I would suggest Azure Pipelines over semaphoreCI only because It includes
all platforms including Windows (which semaphore does not) and having CI
split across multiple services is rather a PITA.

On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM Stefan Weber <stifisax@xxxxxx> wrote:

> Sry. now again in non html format ;-)
> Hi Adam
> I now tested semaphoreci.com they provide free MacOS build for opensource
> projects on a buildserver macOS-4 4 vCPU 8GB RAM.
> This took about 1 hour, including packaging.
> ( ./build.py --target package-kicad-nightly )
> I used the setup from nickoe:
> https://github.com/nickoe/kicad-azure-test
> I added a build script for semaphoreci in my fork:
> https://github.com/nopeppermint/kicad-azure-test/tree/set-up-semaphore
> there is also a build badge on the readme (currently on cancel as I
> canceld the last build).
> You can find the last succesful build under:
> https://nopeppermint.semaphoreci.com/workflows/678f370a-a7b1-4936-972f-757ee838db66
> there is even a dmg artifact from the build, but somehow it's not
> accesible without login at the moment..
> https://nopeppermint.semaphoreci.com/artifacts/jobs/8bd9a827-dfe2-470d-839d-3ad3410269f5/kicad-nightly-20200519-042032-c57eadd1d.dmg
> but I uploded it on sendspace:
> https://www.sendspace.com/file/gxt23p
> @Nick
> > Do you have a macos yourself?
> no, but a free of charge building MacOS CI ;-)
> @Mark
> >An alternative, there's also the Azure Pipelines KiCad account
> nickoe has something on azure running, but the MacOS build is currently
> failing there:
> https://github.com/nickoe/kicad-azure-test/runs/603552073
> so maybe someone WITH a mac could test this dmg from the build server.
> Semaphoreci offers "unlimited CI/CD minutes" for building public
> repositories:
> https://semaphoreci.com/blog/free-open-source-cicd
> That might be an alternative/addition for the local server from Adam Wolf?
> I am not sure it's possible to trigger the semaphoreci build directly from
> gitlab, but it's possible from github.
> And since kicad still has his github mirror we might trigger the build
> from there.
> Stefan
> Gesendet: Montag, 18. Mai 2020 um 22:09 Uhr
> Von: "Adam Wolf" <adamwolf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> An: "Mark Roszko" <mark.roszko@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "KiCad Developers" <kicad-developers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Betreff: Re: [Kicad-developers] 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
> effort.
> 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 ;)
> Adam Wolf
> 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.
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