[Numpy-discussion] numpy release process, adding a compatibility test step.

Ralf Gommers ralf.gommers@googlemail....
Sat Feb 6 22:30:12 CST 2010


On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 6:44 PM, René Dudfield <renesd@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> may I suggest an addition to the release process...
>
> 'Tests against popular libraries that rely on numpy at the RC stage.
> Test at least these libraries pass their numpy related tests:
> matplotlib, scipy, pygame, (insert others here?).  The release manage
> should ask the mailing list for people to test the RC against these
> libraries to make sure they work ok.'
>
> - This will catch problems like the ABI one with the recent release.
> - It is an explicit request for testing, with concrete tasks that
> people can do.  Rather than a more abstract request for testing.
> - not much extra work for the release manager.  testing work can be
> distributed to anyone who can try an app, or library with the binaries
> supplied in the RC stage of a release.
> - binary installer users can test as well, not just people who build
> from source.
> - tests libraries the numpy developers may not be using all the time
> themselves.
>
> On another project, adding this simple step helped prevent a number of
> bugs which affected other programs and libraries using the project.
> Before this was added we had a couple of releases which broke a few
> popular libraries/apps with very simple regressions or bugs.
>
> Thanks for the suggestion, I agree this will be useful. And a lot easier to
do than automated testing against other libraries, which will hopefully
happen at some point in the future.

Cheers,
Ralf
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