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Re: Last-minute Google Compute Engine image tweaks

Urgh, apparently last-minute testing found a test failure with one of our custom bits. I should be a little less hasty to say things are ready. :) A safer thing to say: the images may vanish with or without notice until the more formal Google publicity, which will be as soon as we can make sure things are solid. I'll mention that on this list once it's happened instead of just before.

- Jimmy

On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Jimmy Kaplowitz <jkaplowitz@google.com> wrote:
A few updates:

* The pre-release images got removed yesterday and the debian-cloud project currently contains squeeze and wheezy images which can be relied upon to stick around for a while (i.e. they are production). The squeeze image was built from the code in our PR #67 (but then we updated image name and description as below), and the wheezy image from the code in our PR #68.
* The new image naming scheme I described, and a slightly changed version of the image description scheme, got merged into Anders' codebase (PR #68) and is used for those images. The code also has fully working --gcs-dest and --gce-project options and a new --gce-kernel option, all documented. Since the script runs via sudo or as root for the gce target (loopback mounting and chroots are used), be aware that $PATH within the sudo/root environment need to include gcutil/gsutil for those options to work, and whatever $HOME is used inside sudo/root will be where the tools look for authentication info (.boto for gsutil, .gcutil_auth for gcutil).
* More publicity via Google channels is quite immiment and I'll share it on this list soon.

- Jimmy

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 7:27 PM, Jimmy Kaplowitz <jkaplowitz@google.com> wrote:

Google is getting ready to publicize our Debian images more widely next week - we'll of course point this list to that once it's published. As part of getting ready, we've noticed and fixed a few small things that are worth changing.

* Image names can't contain underscores either. So now we're using debian-N-CODENAME-vYYYYMMDD as the format, and various tools and internal test suites will expect that. We are putting a more complete version in the image description, as you can see from my reply to Charles a few moments ago. For that description we're using "Debian X.Y.Z codename, built on YYYY-MM-DD". I'm currently using debian-X_Y_Z-codename-vYYYYMMDD.tar.gz in as the destination filename for my tarball uploads, but nothing depends on that.
* I realize the changes from the previous point should be rolled into the tools. This hasn't happened yet, but it's on my to-do list. Feel free to beat us to it if you want.
* Please don't rely on any of the current images except debian-6-squeeze-v20130502. The rest will be removed on Monday most likely, and a post-release wheezy image will be added, probably named debian-7-wheezy-v20130506. The current images will remain available between now and Monday.

I think that's all I need to mention here. Besides that, thanks for your encouragement and we always welcome your involvement!

- Jimmy

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