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Subject: Re: [MTT devel] bogus timestamps in database
From: Jeff Squyres (jsquyres_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-07-18 09:29:52

Mebbe we should have a teleconf sometime in the not-distant future and
see if we want to prioritize some of the pending MTT work...?

On Jul 17, 2008, at 6:39 PM, Ethan Mallove wrote:

> On Thu, Jul/17/2008 04:35:38PM, Jeff Squyres wrote:
>> Here's a fun report (as of 17 July 2008):
>> Note that two of the rows are in the future. :-) (Absoft has
>> since fixed
>> the problem; ntp accidentally got turned off)
>> Ethan and I talked about this a bit, and then Josh and I talked
>> about it.
>> Posting here to summarize everything:
>> - It seems like a good solution for the moment is for submit.php to
>> examine
>> all the timestamps in a given submit and compare them to now().
>> Find the
>> timestamp that latest in time, and compute x=latest_timestamp -
>> now(). If
>> x>0, then subtract x from *all* timestamps in the submitted data.
>> Then
>> print a Big Hairy Warning on the client that their time is not
>> coordinated
>> with the server.
>> - Josh thinks that we should have a larger conversation about how
>> to have
>> some values be regulated (e.g., MPI name, test suite name, etc.).
>> I agree
>> -- classic case: some people call it "intel", others call it "intel
>> suite".
>> They show up differently in the DB. My $0.02 is that we should allow
>> people to call it whatever they want in the .ini file, but then
>> somehow
>> ensure to submit the names all consistently (e.g., ini file has a
>> map of
>> "this ini section is reported as 'intel'"), and if the name is
>> invalid,
>> reject the data from the DB (or maybe put it in "quarrantine" so
>> that it
>> can be cleaned up and put in the main DB)?
> It's a neccessity that the INI section naming be flexible.
> E.g., I have intel-32 and intel-64 sections to test 32-bit
> and 64-bit. Note, there's no way around this because the
> Perl INI parser we're using does not allow duplicate section
> names, and also, MTT constructs a scratch tree on the
> assumption that each section has a unique name.
> For "database text string regulation", there's also:
> (users should be
> able to delete or modify results from database)
> -Ethan
>> --
>> Jeff Squyres
>> Cisco Systems
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Jeff Squyres
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