QA/SOP Release Validation Test Event

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The QA group co-ordinates release validation test events before each Fedora release and pre-release is made, to ensure they reach Fedora_Release_Criteria. Testing covers the installation process and key desktop functionality. There are also some tests for specific spins. This page provides guidance on arranging and announcing such a release validation test event. For any concerns, please contact the QA group.

Look up the date

Validation test events are held for each candidate build: test compose or release candidate. Several of these builds are made in the period one or two weeks before the release date for any given milestone (Alpha, Beta and Final). See quality task schedule for specific dates, listed as Test 'version' Test Compose or Test 'version' Candidate. Then make the following preparations with reference to those dates.

Track image creation tickets

Find the image creation ticket from tickets this list. There are separate live image and installer image tickets for the TC and RC builds for each milestone of each release: so four tickets per milestone, twelve tickets per release. Add yourself to the CC list. Then keep tracking this ticket until the images are available. If the images are not posted on time as scheduled or have a critical bug, please inform the rel-eng team about this by adding comments to the ticket.

Create test result page

Test result pages are needed to gather test results of installation and desktop against Fedora candidate builds. Refer to QA:Create_Install_Test_Result_Page for guidance to create an installation result page using QA:Fedora 21_Install_Results_Template. In a similar way, create a desktop result page using QA:Desktop_validation_results_template. If the candidate build you are announcing includes a Security Lab spin build, create a security lab result page using the QA:Security_Lab_validation_results_template.

Please note that you can make some special changes to the result pages according to the practical situation, such as copying parts of previous results to the new result page, highlighting critical cases, adding important notes etc.

Change current links and IRC topic

One or two days before test event day, update the following redirect links and make sure they point to the pages you created:

Also change the topic of #fedora-qa (freenode) to current test event (if you have the permission).

Make announcements

Currently, we announce validation test events to the test-announce mailing list. The announcement mail should provide enough information related to the test focus areas. See an example which generally includes:

  • Introduction of this test event (date, what to test, which release criteria to meet, etc)
  • How and where to add test results
  • Contact information of QA members who are available on test event and can help testers who encounter problems
  • Others to be emphasized

Download links should not be contained in the announcement, since in general there are several download options, and these are already documented on the Install and Desktop test pages. The announcement should direct people to go to these pages for download instructions.

Please announce this event on the mailing list at least one or two days in advance. This should give testers sufficient time to arrange their calendars and prepare a test environment. It is also a good idea to send a reminder e-mail the day before the test. Try to take timezones into account, to maximize convenience for testers from different regions or countries.

Supplemental announcements

It can be helpful to send supplemental announcements to other interested groups. It is helpful to notify the major desktop groups - desktop, KDE, Xfce and LXDE - of each candidate build, and refer them to the desktop testing matrix. Here is an example announcement. If possible, it is a good idea to do a 'smoke test' on each desktop live image - ensure it boots successfully to a working desktop - before sending the announcement, to avoid wasting the time and bandwidth of the desktop group members downloading un-testable images.

Provide help during test event

During the test event, many people will participate, including experienced users and new comers. Make sure the QA folks whose contact information was announced to mailing list in this test event are available during the testing period. They will provide assistance to those who encounter issues. QA people should be available at:

When a new candidate build available

If a new candidate build is made available for testing, such as TC2, TC3, RC3, you should re-do the entire process: create new test result pages for it, send out a new announcement, and update the redirects. The announcement should highlight the specific changes from the previous candidate build, as in this example.

Report and Summary

After testing has been completed, send a test summary to the test-announce mailing list. The test summary is intended to keep testers informed as to what was accomplished by their testing, whether there are any remaining tasks and to recognize key contributors. A sample report is available at

The test summary should include the following information:

Test status
A summary about what has been tested, what's remaining to accomplish, what issues were faced during test and whether we have achieved testing aim
Bugs reported
List filed bugs and reported issues which were found during test. Bug list including bug id, status, summary, etc...
The following command can be used to generate a list of bugs:
curl --stderr /dev/null "" \
   | grep -o "bugzilla\.redhat\.com.*[=\/][0-9]\{6\}" \
   | grep -o "[0-9]\{6\}" | tr '\n' ',' | sed 's|,$||' \
   | xargs bugzilla query --outputformat="%{bug_id} %{bug_status} %{resolution} - %{short_desc} - %{blocked}" -b
Got python-bugzilla?
This command requires the Package-x-generic-16.pngpython-bugzilla package be installed. You may need to weed out any 'false' references to pre-existing bugs which are mentioned on the page for some reason.
Analyze results and assess risk
Analyze the results and provide an assessment where additional risk areas may exist
Thanks to all testers
Testers have volunteered their time, it never hurts to be thankful for their contributions.
To generate a list of testers who contributed to the wiki, you can use the following command:
curl --stderr /dev/null "" \
   | grep -A999999 "^=.*Test Matrix.*=$" \
   | sed -e "s|{{\(result[^}]*\)}}|\n\1 |g" | grep "^result" \
   | gawk 'BEGIN{FS="[| ]"} $3{print $3} !$3{print "UNTESTED"}' \
   | sort | uniq -c | sort -bgr