[Zope-dev] winbot status

Jim Fulton jim at jimfulton.info
Wed Aug 2 17:05:56 CEST 2017

On Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 10:03 PM, Tres Seaver <tseaver at palladion.com> wrote:

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> Rackspace's very generous support of the Zope Foundation over many years
> is coming to an end this year.  I am soliciting advice from the Zope
> developer community on how to manage that transition.
> We have made use of the platform in two ways:
> Continuous Integration
> - ----------------------
> We have been running periodic tests on the 'winbot' host, allowing us to
> mainain a very high level of Windows compatibilty for the Foundation's
> software.
> However, keeping the tests up and running has become increasingly
> difficult, due to the limited access to the machine and the small group of
> developers with both time and know-how to administer it.  At this point,
> the tests have been failing routinely since at least April, and pretty
> much nobody has a clue how to fix them.
> Building Windows Binaries
> - -------------------------
> We have used winbot to automate building eggs and Windows installers for
> Foundation-created packages, and uploading them to PyPI.
> With the ascendancy of the newer wheel format, the both formats are
> becoming much less broadly useful:  'pip' ignores them, and the newest
> Python version (3.3) for which we build them sunsets at the end of
> September this year.
> Summary
> - -------
> - - Without a continuing 100% subsidy, we *must* turn the box of by the
>   end of the year.
> - - The machine is in a fragile/b0rken state right now
> - - Rather than dragging out the inevitable, I recommend we just
>   decommission the machine ASAP.  AFAIK, it contains no data we care
>   about, except for encrypted PyPI credentials for the
>   'zope.wineggbuilder' account:  we should remove them before shutting
>   the machine down..
> Discuss?

+1 for discontinuing it.

Thanks for the summary.

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