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Bug#805892: autopkgtest fails on squeeze to due incompatibe python APIs

Hallo Martin,

On Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 09:54:46PM +0100, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Hello Guido,
> Guido G?nther [2015-11-23 18:03 +0100]:
> > Traceback (most recent call last):
> >   File "<string>", line 6, in <module>
> > ImportError: No module named GDebi.Cache
> > blame: arg:nss_3.12.8-1+squeeze12.dsc dsc:nss
> > 
> > Squeeze's gdebi doesn't have a cache module, it is in apt.cache but when
> > using that there's more trouble due to the API of DebPackage that
> > adt-run expects being different from what's in gdebi-common in squeeze.
> > 
> > I then tried the autopkgtest from wheezy which works nicely on squeeze.
> > 
> > So should we update autopkgtest in squeeze lts? Is there a simple fix
> > for the above issue I've overlooked?
> I'm afraid this was waaaay before my time, and I don't have a simple
> fix for this. Newer versions indeed have fewer dependencies, so a
> backport of the wheezy version might indeed help. But TBH, even wheezy
> is so old that I can't/want to support this any more. If it works for
> you, then please do feel free to request a backport of course!

Great! I could handle the squeeze upload myself. Using a version newer
than wheezy would imply we update it there as well so it'd be great to
go with that one. I'll have to do some testing with adt-virt-* besides
adt-virt-null first.

> For doing development, is there any reason why you need to use such
> old versions? I. e. perhaps it might be better to run autopkgtest from
> unstable/testing, with using a squeeze schroot instead of the null
> runner?

Maybe it's just my workflow that needs improvement: Currently using "gbp
buildpacakge" invokes pbuilder/cowbuilder, runs autopkgtest in the very
same chroot using [1], invokes lintian and then puts out the ready built

I couldn't come up with a nice way invoking adt-run directly (e.g. in a
post-build hook) without having to maintain additional chroots for
squeeze. wheezy, jessie, sid and having to unpack all the deps twice?
Did miss something obvious here? Any recommendations are very welcome!

 -- Guido

[1] /usr/share/doc/pbuilder/examples/B20autopkgtest

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