The Wireshark Buildbot automatically rebuilds Wireshark on every
change of the source code repository and indicates problematic changes.
This frees the developers from repeating (and annoying) work, so time can
be spent on more interesting tasks.
Recognizing (cross platform) build problems - early. Compilation problems
can be narrowed down to a few commits, making a fix much easier.
"Health status" overview of the sources. A quick look at: http://buildbot.wireshark.org/trunk/ gives a good "feeling" if
the sources are currently "well".
On the other hand, if all is "red", an update of a personal source tree
might better be done later ...
"Up to date" binary packages are available.
After a change was committed to the repository, a binary package /
installer is usually available within a few hours at: http://www.wireshark.org/download/automated/.
This can be quite helpful, e.g. a bug reporter can easily verify a bugfix
by installing a recent build.
Automated regression tests. In particular, the fuzz tests often indicate
"real life" problems that are otherwise hard to find.
1.6.2. What does the Buildbot do?
The Buildbot will do the following (to a different degree on the different
checkout from the source repository
create binary package(s) / installer
create source package (and check completeness)
run regression tests
Each step is represented at the status page by a rectangle, green if it
succeeded or red if it failed. Most steps provide a link to the corresponding
console logfile, to get additional information.
The Buildbot runs on a platform collection that represents the different
"platform specialties" quite well:
Windows XP x86 (Win32, little endian, MSVC)
Ubuntu x86 (Linux, little endian, gcc)
Solaris SPARC (Solaris, big endian, gcc)
Mac OS-X PPC (BSD, big endian, gcc)
Each platform is represented at the status page by a single column, the
most recent entries are at the top.