[gmx-developers] jenkins killed by core files
pall.szilard at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 18:19:23 CET 2017
On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 6:16 PM, Berk Hess <hess at kth.se> wrote:
> I don't see much value in archiving core files. It could be useful to
> generate them on request, but even that doesn't seem very useful to me.
That's what I thought.
> On 11/09/2017 05:59 PM, Szilárd Páll wrote:
>> Earlier today (around 15:00 CET) a change resulted in ~1200 failed
>> tests and generated a volume of core files that swamped the jenkins
>> server. We spent far too much time tracking down the issue and
>> recovering from it and identified some critical issues in the setup
>> that we believe require changes.
>> Given that:
>> - we all are increasingly drafting and developing in gerrit, not even
>> testing locally,
>> - we don't have enough space for even the ~1200 cores files of a
>> single failed job could generate (let alone multiple iterations of a
>> buggy change),
>> - we're storing uncompressed cores files that we rarely if ever look at
>> we need to take action and prevent such time-consuming failures.
>> There are two options I see:
>> - I'll disable archiving core files (right away so the aforementioned
>> change won't bomb jenkins again ;)) -- after devs time saved by having
>> jenkins compile for them can now be spent on occasionally testing a
>> bit more locally (or on the build slaves if necessary) when hard to
>> track down bugs cause crashes;
>> - We have found a jenkis plugin that compresses artifacts; if this
>> reduces the size of archived data enough, we could try to deploy it
>> and re-enable core file archival. I have the suspicion that it won't
>> work due to a bug prevented us from using it to begin with, but I'll
>> have to check.
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