[openstack-dev] [neutron] -2'ing all patches on every gate breakage

Ihar Hrachyshka ihrachys at redhat.com
Mon Apr 4 16:36:12 UTC 2016

Graham <graham.hayes at hpe.com> wrote:

> On 04/04/2016 17:11, Ihar Hrachyshka wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I noticed that often times we go and -2 all the patches in the review  
>> queue
>> on every neutron specific gate breakage spotted. This is allegedly done to
>> make sure that nothing known to be broken land in merge gate until we fix
>> the breakage on our side.
>> While I share the goal of not resetting the gate if we can avoid it, I  
>> find
>> the way we do it a bit too aggressive. Especially considering that often
>> times those -2 votes sit there not cleared even days after the causing
>> breakage is fixed, needlessly blocking patches landing.
>> I suggest we either make sure that we remove those -2 votes right after
>> gate fixes land, or we use other means to communicate to core reviewers
>> that there is a time window when nothing should land in the merge queue.
>> Thanks,
>> Ihar
> I recently submitted https://review.openstack.org/295253 as an idea for
> designate to prioritize reviews.
> Something similar could be a good solution, in conjunction with a bot.
> So, when a gate breakage starts, saying "!gate breakage" would apply a
> "-1 Procedural Block" that gets removed when "!gate fixed" was said?
> This removes the need for humans to do the removal (and try and
> remember which reviews were really -2'd or they had had a -1 on)

Thanks for the idea, that’s indeed an interesting approach. It also helps  
in that now any core member would be able to consistently block project  
patches for merge gate, or cancel the alert.

Armando, do you think we could try to adopt the approach? If yes, I may  
look into a patch for that.


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