Project:SPARC/Arch tester

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The Gentoo/SPARC AT Project is devoted to help the developers with time-consuming testing.

Project Description

The Gentoo/SPARC Arch Testers (ATs) assist the developers with the time-consuming testing to help keeping the Portage tree up to date. They mainly communicate with the developers through Gentoo's Bugzilla and IRC. The ATs are also on the mail alias so they can watch the bugzilla traffic closely.


We are constantly looking for new arch testers. If you meet the following criteria, you are likely our ideal candidate:

  • You are running Gentoo/SPARC.
  • You like tinkering around with new software.
  • You want to get involved in Gentoo development, help to make the distribution better every day.

If you want to participate, email He will lead you through the process and help you with the ebuild , and sparc quizzes which is a requirement for all ATs.

Arch testers might not be official Gentoo developers. They are, however, a recognized part of the Gentoo/SPARC arch team.


Resources offered by the Gentoo/SPARC ATs project are:

Arch Testers Policy

There are a few rules which must be followed to assure a certain quality level. Gentoo/SPARC arch testers must fulfill these requirements:

  • Use a stable system or a stable chroot environment for testing
  • Use reasonable CFLAGS
  • Make sure the package honours CFLAGS (GCC generates v7 code by default, which forces kernel emulation). If not, you should mark it as a blocker for bug #59506 . There're a few exceptions, such as x11-libs/qt, and www-client/mozilla-firefox
  • Enable at least the following FEATURES : collision-protect , sandbox , test
  • Test thoroughly
  • Before requesting a stablization, check that the ebuild is at least 30 days old and without modifications
  • Use the category/package-version format when reporting success or failure
  • Always append emerge --info to bug reports

Gentoo/SPARC AT Listing

The following people are currently contributing to this project:

Full Name Nickname Status Email
Tiago Cunha tcunha Retired, is now an official Dev
Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto jmbsvicetto Retired, is now an official Dev
Friedrich Oslage bluebird Retired, is now an official Dev
Aaron Mavrinac ezod Inactive