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From: "Martin Ågren" <>
To: Jeff King <>
Cc: "Git Mailing List" <>,
	"Eric Sunshine" <>,
	"Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] t: avoid sed-based chain-linting in some expensive cases
Date: Fri, 14 May 2021 10:52:35 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, 14 May 2021 at 07:48, Jeff King <> wrote:
> On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 01:05:28PM +0200, Martin Ågren wrote:
> > Devil's advocate: Who do we expect to turn GIT_TEST_CHAIN_LINT_HARDER
> > on, and when?  If no one ever does it then we might as well drop the
> > "default" thing and just go "we won't bother linting these particular
> > tests, ever". But as long as "someone" does it "sometimes", it's not
> > like it's a very complex mechanism to carry around.
> The answer is probably: people who suspect something is broken. We could
> perhaps also turn it on for CI to be more complete there (and where 30
> seconds of CPU time is relatively much smaller). It was also handy to
> have while timing the impact, of course.
> I'm not opposed to having it be less flexible, and in fact I wrote it

And to be clear, I'm not opposed to having it more flexible. :)

> that way originally. But it doesn't actually make the code much simpler.
> The assignments to _DEFAULT in the scripts become GIT_TEST_CHAIN_LINT_HARDER
> and the read side has one less level of defaulting:
> +test "${GIT_TEST_CHAIN_LINT_HARDER:-1}" != 0 &&
> I guess it's conceptually a little simpler, though. I dunno. I sort of
> assumed it would just work and nobody would need to ever look at or
> configure it either way. :)


> > I seem to have 140 tests that haven't changed on disk since I did this
> > particular clone in 2017. 235 haven't changed this calendar year. Maybe
> > we could skip linting those tests that haven't been modified for several
> > weeks on the basis that they can't reasonably have newly-introduced
> > syntax mistakes. I guess it gets tricky where the t????-*.sh file
> > doesn't change in a long time, but it sources tests from other places,
> > such as a helper. We'd have to be a bit more clever there.
> > That's all just thinking out loud, and definitely not something that
> > should hold up your patch.
> Yeah, I suspect that would work in general. But it seems like even more
> complexity (now you have a cache of "I linted this script at time X and
> it was good" that has to be written). It does increase the possible
> savings though (up to perhaps 100 or so seconds of parallel CPU in my
> case).

Yeah, I thought about the cache. I guess it would be a list of
known-good test script hashes / blob IDs. But what I actually meant was
to check whether the mtime was way back in the past. It's not fool-proof
though. You could have a network-mounted disk where the date is way off,
or you could hack up the test script, wait for several weeks and *then*
run it. ;)

> I think a bigger and better version of that is to actually see which
> code paths are run by which scripts, and not even bother running scripts
> that don't touch code which has changed. But that's a _lot_ more
> complicated, and writing such a tool is probably at least worth a thesis
> project. ;)

Ah yes, it should be safe to punt on that for now.


  reply	other threads:[~2021-05-14  8:52 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-13  6:25 Jeff King
2021-05-13  6:49 ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-13  7:23   ` Jeff King
2021-05-13 11:05 ` Martin Ågren
2021-05-14  5:48   ` Jeff King
2021-05-14  8:52     ` Martin Ågren [this message]
2021-05-15  9:19       ` Jeff King

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