We have an opportunity to run a Services Central development train sign off without a critical time constraint. Oh, what is a Services Central train you ask? This is where the sync developers check in their work before it goes to mozilla-central (Nightly) builds. We QA the work on the s-c branch. If it’s good for sign-off, we give the developers the go and they send “the train” to merge with other development work on the Nightly channel.
Normally, we verify bug fixes and give the all clear in a day or two. However this time, there has been some significant work done on a couple dozen mostly unverifiable fixes. The developers would like us to run a full set of tests and generally poke at Sync to make sure it is still working as expected. The developers also are not in a hurry to merge to Nightly ’til after all the channels have merged up post Fx16 release.
What this means is we will run our manual test case in Moztrap. Exploratory test around anything that seems fishy, file bugs and see where that leads the sign off. We’ve been given
’til Monday Oct. 15th, Friday, Oct. 19th to complete this as a community based team.
Here’s how you can help:
- Install the latest services-central build for your platform(s): Windows, Mac or Linux
- Backup your profile(s) or create new ones to test with. SUMO is an excellent resource for how to work with profiles.
- If you don’t already have one, create an account at https://moztrap.mozilla.org/ so you can run the test cases under Run Tests > Products : Desktop Firefox > Versions : 19 > Runs Oct. 9-15, 2012 Sync Community Test Run of services-central. (currently there is a bug in Moztrap such that test cases are not displayed in the proper order. So take a moment in the test run to sort out what seems logical; run account setup cases first, then run the sync cases, tab cases and finally the error cases)
- If you don’t already have one, create an account at https://bugzilla.mozilla.org so you can search for and/or file bug. Please CC me on any bugs you file or comment in.
- reach me via email at email@example.com or in irc.mozilla.org in #sync
This is an excellent opportunity to take an Active Contributor role in Firefox Sync Quality Assurance. I hope you can take some time to participate.