Most of the time, our Build Farm makes me a very unhappy camper.
This is because most of the time, I’m interacting with it in a firefighting/rescuing builds from a burning
tree building role.
There are a lot of machines in the Farm that are reviled (gaius, anyone?), and they get a lot of attention.
But there are other machines that, for the most part, quietly do their job, day in and day out, and we never hear from them and they become the well-behaved, but unloved and ignored children of the Build Farm.
Today, I was introduced to such a child when I logged into a particular machine doing Linux 1.0.x Firefox builds, and noticed this:
cltbld@madcow tinderbox]$ uptime
6:03pm up 351 days, 23:37, 3 users, load average: 0.13, 0.18, 0.09
With a name like madcow, I wouldn’t expect such… stability.
But there you have it: our Build Farm star of the week!