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Testing CD images (was Re: ITP seahorse)

[Sorry, forgot to change Subj in my previous mail. Please do so in replies]

> On 2000-05-23 at 15:00 -0400, Ben Collins wrote:
> > I think more importantly we need criteria for what "Official" images are
> > when we release. The last run for test cycle 1 is a joke. They were
> > obviously not checked or tested, and we potentially have vendors out there
> > getting ready to use them, not to mention users who take up some valuable
> > b/w and gold platters.

Remember this are only _testing_ images, as Mike said. If we should've gone
though all kinds of pre-release testing procedures etc., there wouldn't have
been any CD images at all for the first test cycle.

> > 
> > I think images need to have detached sigs in order to be considered
> > official. Signed by the DPL, or Release Manager, either one should do. Can
> > we get some sort of *QUICK* and *OFFICIAL* consensus on this?

The (really) official Slink images have md5sums signed by Phil Hands, who
produced them; that'll be done for Potato too. You can't expect DPL or RM sigs
because they simply didn't make them and can't check them all (name one person
who has i386, alpha, sparc, m68k, powerpc AND arm machines, and tests all CDs
on the appropriate $ARCHes). 

 On Tue, 23 May 2000, Mike Bilow wrote:

> For the test cycles, it makes no sense that vendors should commit to
> something which has a two-week life.  They are "official" only in the
> sense that they are identical for all testers so testing is useful.
> If the test images are a joke, then obviously they will not become the
> release.  Presumably, exactly what gets tested will be what gets released
> at the conclusion of a successful test cycle?

Not exactly, but sufficiently close. All testing images are labeled as such
(the volume label, .disk/info and the README.{txt,html}). Once it is approved
as "official", we'll have to rebuild the images with just those indications
changed to "Official". Anything else on those CDs should remain the same.

  Anne Bezemer

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