Monthly Archives: October 2010

My new MacBook Pro has reflection problems

A couple weeks ago I traded out my old MacBook Pro for a newer one!  Very cool.  The problem is when I spent a week copying data and setting up my new computer it was rainy and cloudy (in Miami) so I never got a chance to experience the reflection.

This week brought a lot of sunshine and a lot of glare.  My back faces the windows which get a lot of sunlight (especially in the morning.)  This isn’t ideal for a lot of things, but I keep my blinds down and have had success for the last year and a half with my old MBP.  I found that the screen in general is very reflective, especially the non screen part of the display panel.  Here is my $0.01 solution to reducing the majority of my glare:


Apple, please design products for people to use in locations other than Seattle!


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Orange Factor and the WOO-Tang Clan

I have silently put up a tool call Orange Factor early last month as part of the War On Orange (WOO) project.  Over the last few weeks I have been iterating on this and working with jgriffin, jhammel, mcote and ctalbert (some have referred to us as the WOO-tang clan) to make this more useful and accurate.  Let me outline a few features of the site to give you a general introduction.

To start off with I know it takes a long time to load, but it should load in <30 seconds.   All the data is collected from bugs that are blocking randomorange.  This is done by parsing the comments and linked tinderbox logs to determine the frequency and type of failure.  We display a graph that tracks the cumulative orange factor (failure/push) over time.  NOTE: we are going off the number of pushes, not the number of tests ran.


Orange Factor graph

Graph of the Orange Factor over time

Next there is  the Heatmap.  This is similar to what you see on tinderboxpushlog, except this is color code by the number of failures.

Overall HeatMap

Overall HeatMap

From the HeatMap, you can click on a specific value to see more details about that test run (in the time range).  For example, here is OSX MoOth:

OSX MOth Testrun

OSX MOth Testrun

Ok, this is really cool.  You can click on each day and filter down to the specific day, also at the top, you see the drop down select boxes.  This is super awesome because you can slice and dice up the data to view it just how you want.

Next I want to show you what the view looks like for a specific day.  On the left hand side of the webpage is a Calendar, you can click any day (I clicked Sept 11th) or click the day on a test run or orange factor graph (hover your mouse over the graph and a link will show up).

Daily Test Results for all tests by Platform

Daily Test Results for all tests by Platform

You should get the point that there are many ways to view the data.  Actually probably too much information!  So lately we have been working on some bug centric views.  To start off with, we have a topfails style report but this is based on bugs, not failures in log files.  To get here, click on the “Research and Top Bugs” link on the right hand side of the page.  Here is a  “weekly” view that is the top 5 bugs per week:

Top 5 Bugs every 7 days

Top 5 Bugs every 7 days

Hover over the color bars to see the bug number and research it in more details.  Here is what you see when viewing a specific bug (544601):

Individual Bug Graph over Time

Individual Bug Graph over Time

Orange Factor has much more to offer, just poke around and see how you can make it useful.  Feedback is welcome, and feel free to ask any questions in #ateam!


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Talos, Remote Testing and Android

Last week I posted about mochikit.jar and what was done to enable testing on remote systems (specifically Android) for mochitest chrome style tests.  This post will discuss the work done to Talos for remote testing on Android.  I have been working with bear in release engineering a lot to flush out and bugs.  Now we are really close to turning this stuff on for the public facing tinderbox builds.

Talos + Remote Testing:

Last year, I had adding all the remote testing bits into Talos for windows mobile.  Luckily this time around I just had to clean up a few odds and ends (adding support for IPC).  Talos is setup to access a webserver and communicate with a SUTAgent (when you setup your .config file properly.)  This means you can have a static webserver on your desktop or the network and run talos from any SUTagent and a host machine.

Talos + Android:

This is a harder challenge to resolve than remote testing.  Android does not support redirecting to stdout which talos required.  For talos and all related tests (fennecmark, pageloader) we need to write to a log file from the test itself.

Run it for yourself:

Those are the core changes that needed to be made.  Here are some instructions for running it on your own:

hg clone

ln -s talos/ /var/www/talos #create a link on http://localhost/talos to the hg clone

python -v -e org.mozilla.fennec -t `hostname` -b mobile-browser –activeTests ts:tgfx –sampleConfig remote.config –browserWait 60 –noChrome –output test.config –remoteDevice –webServer

python test.config

* NOTE: is the address of my android device (SUTAgent), and is my webserver on my desktop

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mochikit.jar changes are in mozilla central

Last night we landed the final patches to make mochikit.jar a reality.  This started out as a bug where we would package all the mochikit harness + chrome tests into a single .jar file and then on a remote system copy that to the application directory and run the tests locally.  It ended up being much more than that, let me explain some of the changes that have taken place.

why change all of this?

In order to test remotely (on mobile devices such as windows mobile and android) where there are not options to run tools and python scripts, we need to put everything in the browser that it needs and launch the browser remotely.  The solution for tests that are not accessible over the network is to run them from local files.

what is mochikit.jar?

Mochikit.jar is an extension that is installed in the profile and contains all the core files that mochitest (plain, chrome, browser-chrome, a11y) needs to run in a browser.  This doesn’t contain any of the external tools such as ssltunnel and python scripts to set up a webserver.  When you do a build, you will see a new directory in $(objdir)/_tests/testing/mochitest called mochijar.  Feel free to poke around there.  As a standalone application all chrome://mochikit/content calls will use this extension, not a pointer to the local file system.  The original intention of mochkit.jar was to include tests data, but we found that to create an extension using we needed a concrete list of files and that was not reasonable to do for our test files.  So we created tests.jar.

what is tests.jar?

tests.jar is the actual test data for browser-chrome, chrome, and a11y tests.  These are all tests that are not straightforward to access remotely over http, so we are running these locally out of a .jar file.  tests.jar is only created when you do a ‘make package-tests’ and ends up in the root of the mochitest directory as tests.jar.  If the harness finds this file, it copies it to the profile and generates a .manifest file for the .jar file, otherwise we generate a plain .manifest file to point to the filesytem.  Finally we dynamically registers tests.manifest from the profile.  Now all your tests will have a chrome://mochitests/content instead of chrome://mochikit/content.

What else changed?

A lot of tests had to change to work with this because we had hardcoded chrome://mochikit/content references in our test code and data.  It is fine to have that in there for references to the harness and core utilities, but to reference a local piece of test data, it was hardcoded and didn’t need to be.  A few tests required some more difficult work where we had to extract files temporarily to a temp folder in the profile and reference them with a file path.

what do I need to do when writing new tests?

please don’t cut and paste code then change it to reference a data, utility, or other uri that has chrome://mochikit/content/ in it.  If you need to access a file with the full URI or as a file path, here are some tips:

* a mochitest-chrome test that needs to reference a file in the same directory or subdir:
let chromeDir = getRootDirectory(window.location.href);

* a browser-chrome test that needs to reference a file in the same directory or subdir:
//NOTE: gTestPath is set because window.location.href is not always set on browser-chrome tests
let chromeDir = getRootDirectory(gTestPath);

* extracting files to temp and accessing them

  let rootDir = getRootDirectory(gTestPath);
  let jar = getJar(rootDir);
  if (jar) {
    let tmpdir = extractJarToTmp(jar);
    rootDir = "file://" + tmpdir.path + '/';
  loader.loadSubScript(rootDir + "privacypane_tests.js", this);

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