Dear Chromium Folk, Today, something vaguely significant happened -- if you're into numbers, statistic, and fixing layout tests. And you have to admit, all of us are.
First, after a week of relentless triage, I finally drained the Finders pool. "The Finders pool?" you ask, flashing back to your last treasure hunt adventure. No, not that kind of finders pool -- well.. almost. See, over the time of project existence, we accumulated quite a few layout test failures. As the Layout Test Task Force was chartered, we split all of our failures into two pools: 1) the failures whose causes are known and are ready for fixing, or the Fixers Pool 2) the failures that fail for reasons that are yet to be found, or the Finders Pool We even have this really neat dashboard (http://chromiumlttf.appspot.com/ -- thanks for building it, dpranke!) that shows us these known knowns and known unknowns (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/d/donaldrums148142.html). Over the last few months, we've been diminishing the size of the Win XP Release Finders pool, and last week I decided that the time has come for it to say buh-bye. And id did! Now we _only_ have 159 bugs to fix and we'll have 0 layout test failures. But at least we know what to fix, right? I mean -- right? ;) Oh -- and we have to keep this pool empty. Any creepage of unknown failures will not be tolerated. Except when it's a flake -- we'll soon have a separate triaging bucket for those, but for now all flaky tests go into the Fixers pool. My sincere apologies to tkent, jar, nsylvain, jungshik, sdoyon, ericu, cevans, senorblanco and yuzo for inflicting the barrage of rebaselining and expectation tweaking commits during their sheriffing duty. That tree closing yesterday due to too many commits was partially my fault. Second, as a result of the aforementioned drainage, the Win XP Release bot is finally showing under 300 failures! Woo hoo! This means that over the last 4 months (or the entire length of its existence), the LTTF eliminated over 500 test failures from the tree. That's big stuff, folks. Kudos to you all, LTTF-ers. I salute you on behalf of the entire Chrome team and WebKit community, since a lot of tests fixed were not specific to Chrome. Anyhow, have a good night, y'all. Except for the WebKit gardeners -- who as it's widely known never sleep. :DG<
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