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Gentoo's QA weakness: developers

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The main weakness in Gentoo’s Quality Assurance is developers not giving a shit about quality.

Let me try to explain: there are many problems with Gentoo’s QA team, like the lack of proper coordination most of the time, the lack of a real Gentoo-based effort for continuous integration testing (the tinderboxes are mostly direct pet projects of the people running them, which means for the QA standpoint Patrick and me), and the lack of an absolute rulebook of “dos ad don’ts” for what concerns ebuilds.

Of the few accepted rules, there are a few that I’m trying to enforce via the tinderbox and by opening bugs, one of these is installing documentation in the /usr/share/doc/${PF} path (where ${PF} is the full name and version of the package, including the revision number — yes I know that it would have been better to use ${CATEGORY}/${PF} but let’s not go there for now). To do so you either use the Portage-provided dodoc and dohtml helpers, or you have to tell the configure script or the install makefiles to change the directory they install their documentation into; the defaults are never right because at the worst case they don’t take the version into consideration and at the best have no idea about the Gentoo-specific revision.

It doesn’t seem like a controversial rule to enforce, does it?




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