build_test script broken with newer rsync

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Wed Apr 15 17:06:22 MDT 2015

On Wed, 2015-04-15 at 15:50 -0400, Brad Smith wrote:
> Hi,
> It seems like the build_test script has been broken for quite some
> time with newer releases of rsync due to what looks like a change in
> behaviour with one of the command line parameters. Is no one actually
> interested in keeping the build farm running and functioning?
> rsync: --block-size=10000000 is too large (max: 131072)
> rsync error: syntax or usage error (code 1) at main.c(1554) [client=3.1.1]

Can you get me a patch?  

As to if anyone is interested in the build farm, you are right that it
is very much neglected, but it is the best we have, an help is most

It was once ahead of it's time, A good history of the build farm is

The thing missed in that is that at the time, nothing liked it existed,
only Mozilla tinderbox compared.

However, things have moved on, and the biggest issue is that now we use
autobuild and code review, to fix a bug in the build farm, you need to
get it reviewed and then past a 2-hour or more autobuild.  That means
you can't fix something, push it and see if it worked, you really need a
login on the machine to do serious work. 

Jelmer suggests that it wouldn't be worth reinventing the build farm
based on Jenkins, but I'm looking into that anyway - as a place to do
'try' branches on a bunch of virtual platforms, based on virtual
machines in the cloud. 

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett
Authentication Developer, Samba Team
Samba Developer, Catalyst IT

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