[openstack-dev] [all project] Treating recently seen recheck bugs as critical across the board

Sean Dague sean at dague.net
Tue Nov 26 14:02:53 UTC 2013

On 11/25/2013 10:24 PM, Dolph Mathews wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM, Robert Collins
> <robertc at robertcollins.net <mailto:robertc at robertcollins.net>> wrote:
>     This has been mentioned in other threads, but I thought I'd call it
>     out and make it an explicit topic.
>     We have over 100 recheck bugs open on
>     http://status.openstack.org/rechecks/ - there is quite a bit of
>     variation in how frequently they are seen :(. In a way thats good, but
>     stuff that have been open for months and not seen are likely noise (in
>     /rechecks). The rest - the ones we see happening are noise in the
>     gate.
>     The lower we can drive the spurious failure rate, the less repetitive
>     analysing a failure will be, and the more obvious new ones will be -
>     it forms a virtuous circle.
>     However, many of these bugs - a random check of the first 5 listed
>     found /none/ that had been triaged - are no prioritised for fixing.
>     So my proposal is that we make it part of the base hygiene for a
>     project that any recheck bugs being seen (either by elastic-recheck or
>     manual inspection) be considered critical and prioritised above
>     feature work.
> I agree with the notion here (that fixing transient failures is
> critically high priority work for the community) -- but marking the bug
> as "critical" priority is just a subjective abuse of the priority field.
> A non-critical bug is not necessarily non-critical work. The "critical"
> status should be reserved for issues that are actually non-shippable,
> catastrophically breaking issues.

A race condition in a project which causes it to act with undefined
behavior some statistically significant part of the time in a relatively
small, single node, non highly parallel (at max 4 simultaneous requests)
seems catastrophically breaking to me.


Sean Dague

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