The convenience of this cannot be overestimated: I no longer need to boot Windows in order to compile or test my software, and I can compile my Linux software on a machine separate from my (no doubt highly munged) development environment. Whenever I make changes, I just need to go look at a Web site to see what I screwed up ;).
Both the Linux and Windows machines are running inside of VMware. Despite my strong OSS leanings, I've been very happy with VMware, which is considerably advanced over Xen. The VMware feature that sealed the deal was the ability to use Python to control processes on the VM machines, which is something I'll need down the road. Someone let me know when Xen gains this feature, yeh?
I'm still working on getting an OS X build slave going. The OS X VMware image that's floating around is (a) illegit and (b) difficult to work with; at the moment I can't even get Python extension to compile on it, blech.
My only real gripe about buildbot is that it requires both zope.interface and Twisted to run; unfortunately the prebuilt Windows binaries for both packages are only available for older versions of Python. This means that unless I'm willing to compile packages for Windows, I can only run python2.3 or python2.4. Furthermore, even on Linux, there are annoying problems: Twisted simply cannot be installed with easy_install, and both buildbot and zope.interface have to be manually downloaded before they can be installed, because easy_install doesn't find the right packages automatically. This renders installation quite a chore. Maybe after PyCon I'll take a look at fixing some of these problems.
Posted by M March on 2007-02-08 at 03:08.
Am I reading your post right that you are using Python to control VMs under VMWare? How are you doing that? Via the COM API, something else? thanks!
Posted by Petri Savolainen on 2007-02-08 at 05:04.
Ahem, there <em>are</em> up to date win32 zope.interface binaries (3.3.0 for python 2.5). Just not on pypi but on zope.org, compiled by me ("saffe") on zope.org. Ask Jim & Fred (maintainers of the pypi pkg) nicely, maybe they'll put the binaries there as well.
Posted by Titus Brown on 2007-02-08 at 13:26.
Petri, sorry I missed them. They don't seem to be here: <a href ="http://www.zope.org/Products/ZopeInterface">http://www.zope.org/Prod ucts/ZopeInterface</a> which is where I was looking...? thanks, --titus
Posted by Titus Brown on 2007-02-08 at 13:29.
Michael, yes, I **plan** to be doing that; see pyvix: <a href="http ://www.testingreflections.com/node/view/4119">http://www.testingreflec tions.com/node/view/4119</a> Here are some slides from our last socal-piggies meeting on this subject: <a href="http://www.socal-pi ggies.org/presentations/benedikt_reiter/2007_01_18/pyvix_presentation. html">http://www.socal-piggies.org/presentations/benedikt_reiter/2007_ 01_18/pyvix_presentation.html</a> -titus
Posted by Scott Lamb on 2007-02-09 at 04:06.
If you're into RPMs, I have ones prepared for zope-interface, twisted, and buildbot. a "rpm --rebuild foo.src.rpm" and you're in business.
Posted by Titus Brown on 2007-02-09 at 13:09.
Scott, do RPMs work on Windows? (not cygwin, but Windows proper?)
Posted by Scott Lamb on 2007-02-09 at 18:41.
Not to my knowledge. I'm talking about Linux.