Auto-tools/Meetings/goals meeting template2015Q1

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  • Significant Contributions

Newsgroup and Blog Posts

Goal Updates

Note: Items belonging to Supporting Tasks and Backlog are not part of Q1 goals and may not necessarily be completed this quarter.

Also see our Trello board


[DONE] Implement the set of features needed to support conversion of all prioritized mozmill tests to Marionette [chmanchester, AutomatedTester]

  • details: implement modal dialog support, separation of Marionette client into a separate package, release of older version of Marionette client to support update tests, modification of harness to dynamically load appropriate version of Marionette client
  • bugs: bug 906712, bug 1109183, bug 1107336

Support the conversion of targeted P1 mozmill tests to Marionette and get them running in CI [hskupin]

  • details: Perform the CI work necessary to get mozmill tests converted to Marionette running for update tests, and security tests. This entails writing new Marionette test libraries for these features, and getting converted tests running on the existing mozmill CI systems.
  • stretch goal: get test results reported to Treeherder
  • stretch goal: support the conversion of Search tests
  • progress since last update:

Resolve P1 bugs blocking the release of Marionette 1.0 [AutomatedTester, ato, jgraham]

Supporting Tasks

  • [DONE] train QA on writing Marionette Greenlight Tests

MozReview and Autoland (joint with RelEng)

Add support for autolanding from MozReview to try [mcote, dminor, mdoglio]

  • details: Allow developers to trigger try runs from directly within MozReview
  • bugs: bug 1109218, bug 1121616
  • progress since last update:

[DONE] Better Bugzilla integration with MozReview [mcote]

  • details: Make MozReview data in Bugzilla more useful by creating a Bugzilla field that contains dynamic information about a MozReview review request
  • bug: bug 1102428

Supporting Tasks

  • continue improvements to the multi-commit UI


[DONE] Ingest all Talos data with Treeherder and develop a UI that can be used to view current and historical data [wlach]

  • details: We want to use Treeherder to store and display Talos performance data, because Datazilla is being deprecated and Graphserver doesn't support the kind of performance analysis we'd like to perform on the data.


[DONE] Distinguish between Tier 1 and Tier 2 jobs [camd]

  • details: Tier 1 and Tier 2 jobs will have different sheriffing guidelines and different expectations. Accordingly, we need to display them and allow users to interact with them differently.
  • bug: bug 1113322
  • progress since last update:

[DONE] Develop a prototype structured log viewer [camd]

  • details: Develop a minimal structured log viewer which can be used to view the structured logs produced by the test harnesses. For the initial implementation, the user should be able to toggle between the parsed log viewer and the structured log viewer, for those harnesses that produce both.
  • bug: bug 1113873
  • progress since last update:

[DEFER] Develop a minimal UI that sheriffs can use to file new intermittents [edmorley]

  • details: develop a usable but minimal UI that sheriffs can use to quickly file new intermittent issues; the UI should automatically fill out some of the details that sheriffs normally have to find manually. Future iterations can improve on this by auto-filling more fields.
  • bug: bug 1117583
  • deferred to allow edmorley to focus on Treeherder operational issues and TBPL EOL

Supporting Tasks

  • Continue to improve the performance and operational aspects of the system
  • [DONE] Identify and resolve remaining issues blocking TBPL EOL - treeherder parts: bug 1059400, other parts: bug 1054977


  • Change the authentication model to separate credentials from repos
  • Implement OrangeFactor within Treeherder
  • Create a developer-centric view


Implement an alternate bug view [glob]

  • details: Implement an alternative view of bugs, to provide UX and responsiveness improvements, and as a foundation for task-/team-centric views.
  • bug: bug 1068655
  • progress since last update:

Implement versioning framework for REST API [dkl]

  • details: Version the REST API to provide stable endpoints for users and a place for unstable development.
  • bug: bug 1051056
  • progress since last update:

GitHub authentication [dylan]

  • details: Allow users to authenticate with Bugzilla using their GitHub account. This will encourage more contributors and allow us to better integrate GitHub into the Mozilla workflow.
  • bug: bug 1118365
  • progress since last update:

DevTools Harness

Get the DevTools harness running in continuous integration [jgriffin]

  • details: Take the prototype that was developed in 2014 Q4 ( and get it running in continuous integration and visible in Treeherder. It's TBD whether this will be run in buildbot or TaskCluster, but we should get it running somewhere per-commit this quarter against linux desktop Firefox and a B2G emulator.
  • progress since last update:

CloudServices Automation

Supporting Tasks

  • Take existing client/server automation that is already running and get it reporting to Treeherder using the Tier 2 UI/workflow; bug 1108259

Test Infrastructure

Define and document Tier-2 and non-Buildbot jobs [bc]

  • details: Define and document all aspects of Tier-2 and non-Buildbot jobs: rationale, criteria, necessary enhancements to Treeherder and automation frameworks.
  • bug: bug 1121655
  • progress since last update:

[DONE] Prototype a retrigger-based bisection tool [armenzg, jmaher]

  • details: Create a prototype of a command-line tool that can be used by sheriffs and others to automate retrigger-based bisection. This could be used to help bisect new intermittent oranges, and to backfill jobs that have been skipped due to coalescing. Integration with Treeherder or other service will be done later.

[DONE] Store high-resolution testcase data ("ActiveData") [ekyle, ahal]

  • details: Create a Proof of Concept “big data” project which will store information about every test file we run: test status, error details, test machine and test duration to begin with. We will use this project to develop schemas and queries that work with data this large, and we will use this data to normalize chunk sizes and provide details about which tests never fail.

Implement the ability to normalize chunk durations in mochitest [ahal]

  • details: For mochitest variants on desktop and B2G, modify manifestparser and the test harnesses to be able to specify which tests are run in specific chunks.
  • stretch goal: Implement the same feature for Android mochitest, which still uses old-style JSON manifests.
  • bug: bug 1124182
  • progress since last update:

[DONE] Create Android 4.3 emulator image for automated tests [gbrown]

  • details: Continue the work in bug 1062365 to build an emulator image based on Android 4.3 that is capable of running automated tests.
    Deliverable includes:
    • a prototype image
    • instructions for re-creating the image
    • demonstration that tests can be run on image
      NOT included in this deliverable:
    • tests running in continuous integration
    • "greening" of tests

[DONE] Help Releng reduce test load [jmaher]

  • details: This quarter, we’ll validate the data from SETA and provide some recommendations to Releng about which jobs/platforms we could schedule less often in order to reduce test load. We’ll monitor the impact of these changes in terms of sheriffing burden and the number of retriggers this demands, and may adjust as needed. In subsequent quarters, we’ll use additional data from the high-resolution testcase data project and OrangeFactor to provide more finely-tuned scheduling changes.

Supporting Tasks

  • Help green up tests on OSX 10.10
  • Apply --run-by-dir to all mochitest harnesses
  • Remove legacy JSON manifests in favor of manifestparser manifests
  • Provide alternate solutions for the last consumers of Datazilla and work to decommission it
  • Work with devs to introduce more dynamic analyzers (like Ehsan’s setTimeout check) in test harnesses
  • Automate Windows symbol fetching, bug 1117741 [ted]
  • Add ssltunnel support to Android tests, bug 1084614

Performance Testing

[DONE] Deliver training to at least 2 people for Talos performance sheriffing [jmaher]

  • details: We want to expand the pool of people who can perform performance sheriffing to make it scale better, and to reduce the bus factor problem.

Supporting Tasks

  • Continue sheriffing Talos performance regressions
  • Add new benchmarks as needed to mozbench
  • Create a new UI for mozbench results that doesn’t require Datazilla
  • Improve e10s support for Talos tests and infrastructure
  • Move Talos into the tree
  • Get rid of
  • Make running Talos locally easier
  • resources: jmaher, dminor (for mozbench primarily), and contributors

Platform QA

[DONE] Eliminate Flash issues on YouTube by supporting the media team in shipping MSE on YouTube for Windows Vista and higher through manual and automated testing [sydpolk, maja_zf]

  • details:
    • The MSE team identified that the fact that the web-platform tests for media source were not running on all platforms, and that they were worried about older versions of Mac OS X, as well as differences between 32 and 64 bit Windows.
    • The MSE tests are now running on the Platform QA Jenkins instance (
      • Mac OS X 10.6 (32-bit), 10.7 (64-bit), 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
      • Windows 7 32 and 64-bit, Windows 8.1 32 and 64-bit
      • Nightly, Aurora, and Beta builds.
    • These results are not being pushed to treeherder currently. That is an additional effort for all initiatives in the Platform QA team.

Supporting Tasks

  • [DONE] Run web-platform tests for MSE in continuous integration for all supported platforms.
  • [DONE] Create and deploy a suite of automated YouTube playback tests.
  • [DONE] Write a tool to pull a subset of YouTube URLs from crash-stats and feed that to the automated playback tests.


[DONE] Increase 'contributor friendliness' of our projects [jmaher, all]

Supporting Tasks

  • Start tracking at least three community-related metrics over time

Other Project Updates

Holidays and Trips