[llvm-dev] False positive notifications around commit notifications

Nemanja Ivanovic via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Oct 6 04:08:07 PDT 2021

I wonder if it would be possible to make some recommendations for
improvements based on data rather than our collective anecdotal experience.
Much as anyone else, I feel that the vast majority of the failure emails I
get are not related, but I would have a lot of trouble quantifying it any
better than a "gut feeling".

Would it be possible to somehow acquire historical data from buildbots to
help identify things that can improve. Perhaps:
- Bot failures where none of the commits were reverted before the bot went
back to green
- For those failures, collect the test cases that failed - those might be
flaky test cases if they show up frequently and/or on multiple bots
- For bots that have many such instances (especially with different test
cases every time), perhaps the bot itself is somehow flaky

This is definitely an annoying problem that has significant consequences
(real failures being missed due to many false failures), but it is a
difficult problem to solve.

On Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 5:50 AM Martin Storsjö via llvm-dev <
llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:

> On Wed, 22 Sep 2021, Florian Hahn via llvm-dev wrote:
> > Thanks for raising this issue! My experience matches what you are
> > describing. The false positive rate for me is seems to be at least 10
> false
> > positives due to flakiness to 1 real failure.
> > I think it would be good to have some sort of policy spelling out the
> > requirements for having notification enabled for a buildbot, with a
> process
> > that makes it easy to disable flaky bots until the owners can make them
> more
> > stable. It would be good if notifications could be disabled without
> > requiring contacting/interventions from individual owners, but I am not
> sure
> > if that’s possible with buildbot.
> Another aspect is that some tests can be flakey - they might work
> seemingly fine in local testing but start showing up as timeouts/spurious
> failures when run in a CI/buildbot setting. And due to their flakiness,
> it's not evident when the breakage is introduced, but over time, such
> flakey tests/setups do add up, to the situation we have today.
> // Martin
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