Announcing the availability of ci_hsc_gen(2/3) for generation 2 and generation 3 middleware
The original ci_hsc package has been split into 2 packages, as per RFC-599. One, named testdata_ci_hsc, contains only the data used in running ci_hsc and is expected to change only very infrequently. A shared copy of this repository can be found on lsst-dev at
/project/shared/data/test_data/testdata_ci_hsc/ The second, named ci_hsc_gen2, contains the testing suite.
Along side this package split a new package, named ci_hsc_gen3, is being introduced. Like ci_hsc_gen2 this package depends on the testdata_ci_hsc package. However this new package, as the name implies, tests the same bits of the stack as gen2 but does so using the new generation 3 middleware.
As of now the original ci_hsc package still exists, but should be considered deprecated. It will be preserved in its current state for the time being as people migrate over to the new packages, but no medium to long term commitment on its state is being made.
Each of the new packages are available to clone and run locally, and are able to be specified in a Jenkins target list. It is encouraged that users run both gen2 and gen3 tests for the time being unless developing features specific to gen2 or gen3 middleware or have some other specialized need. At this time it is not a requirement per say to run these packages before merge, but if a change is made that breaks the package follow up work may be requested to undo the breakage, just like the current ci_hsc.