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Volunteers needed -- Automated Image Testing for flavors


Greetings everyone! I wanted to share some news about a renewed effort to restore automated installer testing of ubiquity using the daily images generated by cdimage. Up until last cycle, the images were being test automatically via a series of autopilot tests, written originally by the community (kudos to you Dan!). It was noticed the tests didn't run this cycle, and wxl accordingly filed an RT; https://rt.ubuntu.com/Ticket/Display.html?id=26570. In short, as part of some datacenter shuffling, we learned it's no longer possible for CI to run or maintain the tests. They recommended we host and run them ourselves as a community.

With the directions from CI in hand, I initially asked DanChapman and dkessel to investigate setting up a jenkins to run these tests. But they need your help! The autopilot tests for ubiquity have a few bugs that need solving. You can see them here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+bugs?field.tag=autopilot.

To help solve these bugs or to learn more, check out this document: http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-installer/ubiquity/trunk/view/head:/autopilot/README.md. It will guide you through running the tests yourself locally. You should be able to replicate the tests following those instructions. From there, patches and comments on the bugs would be most welcome (as would additional bug reports should you find them).

Even with the tests working, however, we still need to setup a jenkins to run them. We'll also need to maintain this server. Anyone with experience or desire in this area? Ideas for reporting results (on the isotracker for instance) also need to be explored. This is likely to involve some python, and potentially some web work. Is anyone interested?

If you have some technical skills and want to help out, please do get in touch with myself, DanChapman or dkessel. The goal behind this effort is to see these tests be useful again this cycle for image testing and lowering the burden for manual testers.



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