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Basic Use

The Thunderbird try server works in exactly the same way to the Firefox try server with a few minor differences. The automation is based on the same hardware and tools, so there should be few differences.

The Thunderbird try server is primarily for building Thunderbird. Whilst building other comm-central apps may work, this is not supported - builds and tests may fail etc.

Must Read

Please read the Firefox Try server page to get familiar with the basic workings of try server.

Please also use the TryChooser whenever possible to limit jobs and save builder time.


These are the differences for the Thunderbird try server:

Tips and Tricks

  • Pushing a try build with try-comm-central will always pick the latest m-c changeset.

Pushing mozilla-central patches

There's two steps to this process.

  1. Edit remove the hgtool options, add --apply-patches.
    • Example patch here (Note: This is outdated, as of November 2015 you need to replace --hgtool=../tools/buildfarm/utils/ and --hgtool1=../scripts/buildfarm/utils/
    • If you do this as a separate patch in your Mecurial queue, you can reuse it whenever you want. Otherwise this change can go into the patch created in the step 4.
    • Note: hgtool option removal is because I'm not convinced if applying a patch affects the hg share or not.
  2. Copy your mozilla-central patch to somewhere in your comm-central tree (it can be placed into the root directory) and name it something like: mozilla-<anything>.patch (the mozilla- prefix is essential).
  3. hg add your patch.
  4. Then hg commit your changes, or use hg qnew for a new item on your patch queue.
  5. Push your patches to try-comm-central.

The code will automatically apply your patch when the code is checked out. Any apply failures will cause the builds to be aborted.

Pushing ldap/chatzilla/venkman/DOM Inspector patches

The mozilla build system also supports modifying code from other code repositories for testing on the try server. The approach for this is basically the same as in the Pushing mozilla-central patches section, except the patch file name has to be ldap-<anything>.patch, chatzilla-<anything>.patch, venkman-<anything>.patch or inspector-<anything>.patch depending on what patch you want to test.

Known issues

ID Summary Priority Status
751559 Fix uploading of symbols for win32 on Thunderbird try-comm-central builders P3 NEW
807778 --post-to-bugzilla posts the wrong links for try-comm-central P4 NEW
1154222 comm-central tryserver does not clean mozilla patches if m-c tip has not changed -- NEW

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