How SETA works

Even the work period has been started for a while, I still confuse with how seta works and how we find out those high value job(such a shame :() So Jmaher(my mentor) decide to have voice meeting with me and help me walk through all these ideals. I’m very grateful Joel can make it happened! The whole meeting is fun and I had learn a ton of things from it! In case of I forget these ideals in the further, I would like to write it down and sort them again in here 🙂

The core idea of SETA is find out high value jobs and discard those low value jobs. But, how we determine if a job is necessary one(which is high value job) to us or not so important one. The answer is regression. Because, even there may has a lot of failures with a push, we only care about those failures fixed by commit.   So, the “base line” in here has become **we only need a job can case a regression**.

However, we still have no ideal about how seta do that. Actually, seta build a list of all root cause failures in a hash table with the revision as the key and all failed tests as an array(under the weighted_by_jobtype mode). like:
# we have 18 failures totally
‘rev1’: [job1, job2, job3, job4, job5],
‘rev2’: [job1, job2, job3, job4, job5, job6, job7],
‘rev3’: [job4, job5, job6],

‘rev18’; [job1, job3, job5]

then for each job type in the failure list, we temporarily remove it and check to see if we still detect all the failures. like:

#remove job1  
total_failures = 18
temp_failures = {[
  ‘rev1’: [ job2, job3, job4, job5],
  ‘rev2’: [job2, job3, job4, job5, job6, job7],
  ‘rev3’: [job5, job6],
  ‘rev18’; [job3, job5]
#remove job2
total_failures = 18
temp_failures = {[
  ‘rev1’: [ job3, job4, job5],
  ‘rev2’: [jjob3, job4, job5, job6, job7],
  ‘rev3’: [job5, job6],
  ‘rev18’; [job3, job5]
#remove job3
total_failures = 18
temp_failures = {[
  ‘rev1’: [ job4, job5],
  ‘rev2’: [jjob4, job5, job6, job7],
  ‘rev3’: [job5, job6],
  ‘rev18’; [job5]
#remove job5
**total_failures = 17**
temp_failures = {[
  ‘rev1’: [ job4],
  ‘rev2’: [jjob4, job6, job7],
  ‘rev3’: [job6],
 ** ‘rev18’; []**
Oh! Now there is no job in ‘rev18’ list and the total_failures has become 17. It’s ‘we can’t detect all failures’ moment, and we call job5 as necessary job or high value job. Then we add job5 into the master_root_cause job list and do it again until the whole active_job list been iterated.

SETA rewrite-Database Migration

Before I write note about GSoC, I really want to say this week is really messed up. My healthy status just like a roller coaster, my head is heavily sometimes and I got allergy(maybe). I can bare remember when I got skin allergy last time(maybe when I was 6 or 7 years old), and I don’t think see a doctor is a good choice because only thing they could do is give you some anti allergy, which can dizzy me whole day 😛 Whatever, let use flip to the next page.

Warning: Due to my poor sql knowledge, I actually have no ideal about how to describe my work of this weekend. I keep making mistake on very basic and simple thing and took me a lot of  time to figure it out. So, this blog may looks like a patchwork. I’m sorry about that. 😦

“If Time Can Roll Back, ……”

Alright, this title is all I think about during the migration work. “If time can roll back, I really should focus on my database class.”,”If time can roll back, I really should look more into it before I ask that dumb question.”, etc.

Anyway, first of all, after I can check the heroku log about SETA, I found the we have a error message like: Error R10 (Boot timeout) -> Web process failed to bind to $PORT within 60 seconds of launch And after I google it, I found this error is because I use ‘web’ dyno to boots my application and “web” type of application means that your app MUST listen some port. So, we capture $PORT from the environment variable  when boot the server. Now, ouija can ‘run’ on the heroku. But it’s far more than enough.

Problems keep showing up when I head to the database part. The first one is, I don’t know how to use it on heroku 😛 Everything look good to me except I found no data been actually wrote into the database! I spend a long time to find out why I can connect, and run sql command on database but no data will been wrote into it after that. Finally, I found I forget to ‘commit’ after I  execute sql command(Boom!)

Ok, we can import data into database now….oh wait, not yet. Error keeps showing up when I use to update jobtype. The reason is, in postgres, we can’t store a string array as varchar(which is what we do in mysql). The postgreSql as an Object-Relational database, has many data types which mysql hasn’t. For example, we store ‘jobtype'(e.g [‘android-4-3-armv7-api15’, ‘debug’, ‘crashtest-10’]) as varchar in mysql. But postgres has ‘array’ type and we could just define it as text array.  Furthermore, it tells me psycopg2.ProgrammingError: no results to fetch in this line. We can find the document said that A ProgrammingError is raised if the previous call to execute*() did not produce any result set or no call was issued yet, but it’s fine when we use it in Mysqldb 😛

After all, after resolve those problems mentioned above, we can visit ouija on heroku now (\o/)

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SETA rewrite-heroku deploy

The first step for SETA rewrite is about to deploy it on heroku platform. A little different place is we need to switch our database to Postgres-a heroku native database.

Why heroku

Heroku is a platform as a service (PaaS) that enables developers to build and run applications entirely in the cloud. When you need to deploy you code, the only thing need to do is link your github(let’s assume your code been stored in there) and push it to heroku. Done! Everything are set up then. The app deployment and code management are become much more easier and faster. And you can stretch the hardware configuration as you want. More information could been found in its home page.

I won’t spend too much time in this session because the only thing I did(as I said) is set up my local environment and **push**. The most sticky thing I meet in this step is I can’t use any add-one until valid my heroku account by credit card, but I don’t have it. We solve it at last by move its ownership  to the Mozilla crop. Thank you Armen 🙂

Database migration

PostgreSql, as I quote, is an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) with an emphasis on extensibility and standards-compliance. As a database server, its primary function is to store data securely, supporting best practices, and to allow for retrieval at the request of other software applications. It can handle workloads ranging from small single-machine applications to large Internet-facing applications with many concurrent users.(I just copy from wikipedia, nevermind :P)

First thing we need to do is update our sql file so it can work on postgreSql. The postgres doesn’t use single quote for sql command or variable(column) name. For example, in MySql, we could create table like: ‘CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `tablename`’. But it must been updated as ‘CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS tablename’. And postgres don’t have ‘datetime’ type for column, but we could use ‘timestamp‘(without time zone) instead. Ok, let’s see what we got now 😉

List of relations
Schema | Name | Type | Owner
public | dailyjobs | table | mikeling
public | seta | table | mikeling
public | testjobs | table | mikeling
public | uniquejobs | table | mikeling
(4 rows)

All right, we should make ouija could connect to database and query from it now. This part of code is in We should no longer use Mysqldb-python in there now because postgres is our main dish here, so we import psycopg2 instead. But it’s not enough for make it happened on postgres. The psycopg2 doesn’t support double quote in its .execute(). All right, let’s switch to ‘single quote’ now 😛

(SETA)MikeLings-MacBook-Pro-2:ouija mikeling$ python src/ –delta 2
INFO:root:Downloader 1: a7783f2b4548 – 2016-05-07 02:11:30
INFO:root:uploaded 1/(13) results for rev: 27cfedea2aa7, branch: try, date: 2016-05-07 03:40:53
INFO:root:Downloader 1: 3966941f9dc3 – 2016-05-07 03:40:53

OK, we could deploy it on heroku and see if it can works on remote right now. But actually it’s not and I don’t know how to adjust it. Because I can’t access the log information(one disadvantage for lose your ownership). So, Some more works need to be done in next week after I can read log and configure app on heroku. BTW, I also fix one small issue for ouija.

Bravo! Been accepted by GSoC

As a postgraduate student reading in Nanchang Hangkong University, I have been accepted by GSoC and work for Mozilla. It’s a superb honor for me and so I decide to mark down things I do for GSoC and all my open source active in this blog.

What’s the GSoC


The Google Summer of Code, often abbreviated to GSoC, is an international annual program, first held from May to August 2005, in which Google awards stipends (of US$5,500, as of 2016 ) to all students who successfully complete a requested free and open-source software coding project during the summer.

Mozilla And A-team

I believe every computer fans have heard about Mozilla. And I believe you had known about Firefox, which is a independent, people-first browser made by Mozilla. Due to its famous name has long been known to people, I will only talk about A-team and the project I get involved into.

The A-team is the nickname of ” Automation and Tools team”, which is a team of engineers focus on improving the quality and productivity of engineering at Mozilla. For me, it’s amazing experience to work with the people in there and learn from them. There are a lot of awesome stuff in there for auto test and performance display and my GSoC peoject is about rewrite SETA, a tool for extraneous tests.Some more detail in here  My mentor is Jmaher and Armenzg .