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Re: Recommended Contributor Tooling (RCT)

- 18/10/2015 20:35:55
Example, according to documentation on an XYZ python library:

$ python develop
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 11, in <module>
    from setuptools import find_packages
ImportError: No module named setuptools

Sorry, you just don't want to burden this onto someone who just want's to get started. Even to us it might be an obvious error. It's not the user's fault, that this is not working. It is the programmer's (as almost always) ...

El dom., 18 oct. 2015 a las 14:24, David Arnold (<>) escribió:
Ps.: If you can ship me a windows 64 compiled binary, I'm happy to evaluate it thoroughly!

El dom., 18 oct. 2015 a las 14:22, David Arnold (<>) escribió:
Hi Raphael,

thanks for your feedback. Indeed it is possible. Actually I'm still waiting more detailed technical description of voodoo to be able to draw my own judgment. A statement  "will be exactly what you want" assumes that you "understood exactly what I want". What I saw from a quick look it is a python library. So unfortunately this is not a common enough ground for tooling, mainly because it leaves higher level tooling (like python and virtualenv) to the user. This is not nice and not even necessary. Please correct my, though, if I understood the functioning of voodoo wrong. Again, I would be delighted by a short technical description comprising at least a description of what issues are addressed by what strategy. That would be really helpful.

Thanks and best regards, David

El dom., 18 oct. 2015 a las 13:08, Raphaël Valyi (<>) escribió:

sorry but I really think if you help contributing a Vagrantfile launcher for Voodoo it will be exactly what you want and following best field practices...

Without help we will make that Vagrantfile (unless Docker compose run smooth on Windows) but help could speed this up.


On Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 5:23 AM, David Arnold <> wrote:
Moses, we have the problem, that most windows user, that install git via he official installer will opt for the (recommended) option that files are checked out with CRLF. I have the gut feeling, that if they have done so, bindmounting those files will produce non understandable errors in the outside layers of their stack for them. This would be another argument for having the git proxy and working over a network on the docker filesystem. Or we populate respective sources into bindmounted directories AFTER the startup in the run script... I mean to be able to leverage docker volume and OS standard tooling instead of having to especially prepare the IDE. And keep that stuff out of the odoo environment.

El dom., 18 oct. 2015 a las 1:47, David Arnold (<>) escribió:
Hi Eric, thank you for your feedback!

What I want to achieve is a standard way for new contributors to get coding quickly, weather they be on windows, osx or linux. My role model newcomer does not know python, nor git, nor does he know other stuff. He knows barely some basic concepts of the command line, and still he is valuable, because he might be able to copy paste some code and get his business case working. And, he might grow and evolve...

Installing python is cumbersome and litters your computer, and after you do a computer reset (I do that every 2 months probably) you have to start again setting everything up. Setup virtualenv is even more cumbersome, actually I never got a hold on it. So be python based solution discarted. We need binaries to get people going. Enter docker, it ships binaries. But I'm not getting at deploying. I'm aiming at the perfect, most cross platform, easy, dead simple, get going in less than 5 seconds development stack.

The point in the above mail is derived from Moses's (i feel) briliant idea to reuse the maintainance work, that is already present in the travis files. He wrote a tool, that transforms it into a buildable docker file ( This set's up a complete environment (python deps, odoo deps other deps). So if you want to start hacking on some oca repo, you just have to clone it and build the automatically maintained dockerfile which includes the specific environment of this specific repo. And maintainers would carry on maintaining the travis files only, which have kind of the historic precedence rights on their side.

After building and docker run, you can hapily modify the src on your host and everthing get's bindmounted or synced into the docker, so you go to localhost:8069 and see what you have done instantly (with pynitify and odoo autoreload).

That's the kind of instantaneousness I want to see, also on windows systems. And I have not mingled one single time with anything of the kind of virtualenv, pythondeps, git blabla, missed module dependencies. It's just something like git clone && docker build . && docker run. Required binaries: git, docker. That's all - available for nearly any thinkable of common platform. And you are good to go hacking on your working directory.

Not: This is quite agnostic of whatever (probably git based) upper continuous integration workflow you chose. But this is anyhow not a concern of the one how just wants to get his hands dirty.

I'm trying to collaboratively discuss the best design for such a tool and am committed to come up with a beta-worthy solution for testing. Maybe I need some help here and there, but with communities support, I think it's doable.

Best, David

El sáb., 17 oct. 2015 a las 22:08, Eric Caudal (<>) escribió:

Hi David,
We appreciate your  various contribution but in this case, I am not sure to understand where you are getting at.
Docker is very nice environment and I am in favor for the deployment although the techno is style young is not completely bullet proof.
We have our own here based on OCB and refreshed  every week (as of next week) :
You can grab docker-files here:
(I will send a separate mail anyway to check if community could be interested in maintaining this repo in OCA)

But I dont see the point of your exercise. Current infrastructure is solid for travis: once your code is solid and your docker file is well structured, there is no need to travis the dockers (IMHO).

Resources are limited and we do not want to tumble our infrastructure that we have needed month to stabilize so we need clear objective and pros for the community and you will come with a fully prepared solution.
We barely have resources for maintainance and cannot really just TRY things...
If you can come with solid project definition and proof of concept + some resources to maintain it in the community, we could consider it

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On 10/18/2015 10:37 AM, David Arnold wrote:
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Having talked with Moses (vauxoo) bilateral about his solution further, I would like to gather support for the following attempt (ATTEMPT = TEST = TRY = EXPERIMENT): 

- Transform travis to use docker
- Run travis2docker (or a small modification of it) to create DEV docker files in repo
- Start a dev environment with docker build . && docker run and easily mount the working tree into it's place

Best advantage: Binaries for almost every platform are available in the docker ecosystem.
Manual maintenance can focus on the Travis files, the rest is already scripted...

@Moses: when talking about mounting instead of syncing via a network protocol via the docker volume command (read: let the docker host take care of this) we cannot AFAIK let the docker be the source, because docker gives precedence to the host files system and eventually deletes anything that was present in this path on the docker itself. So we might have a closer look on how we could include the git proxy workflow nevertheless. It's important though, that a local git can be easily referenced, so no internet connection is needed...

Thanks for your questions, if any!

Best, David

El vie., 16 oct. 2015 a las 11:58, David Arnold (<>) escribió:
Let's turn to for the tooling discussion, anyone who can moderate or better elaborate the facts, pros and cons, than I'm probably capable of: please be welcome!

Inputs from akretion and vauxoo are very promising, we need to decide on the right dosis of tooling for this specific purpose, and assure plattfrom independence.

El vie., 16 oct. 2015 a las 11:52, David Arnold (<>) escribió:

El vie., 16 oct. 2015 a las 11:23, Daniel Reis (<>) escribió:

I just took a closer look at it.
Words like "Recommended Editor" are notorious for triggering epic flame wars, such as emacs vs vim ;-)

Às 16:53 de 16/10/2015, David Arnold escreveu:
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Based off on and Daniel's suggestion, I made a recompilation here of recommended contributor tooling:

It's WIP, but with your feedback, I'm commited to make it 1.0 at the indicated detail level in no time. I hope it might also trigger or revive connected discussions, such as repo layout. ( - For my taste, I invite you to discuss directly on the github issue to not bother the less involved.

I'll reference also a second mail to follow, with a proposal for modernizing informal communication with the help of

Best Regards



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