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Re: suggested buildd service [Was: Re: Compiling on a Debian machine]

On Sun, May 01, 2005 at 01:10:50PM +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Hi,
> I've had an idea in mind for quite some time now for just this
> problem.
> It would be nice to have a buildd where maintainer can upload sources
> for a testbuild and they get a buildd log back (and possibly the
> packages).

I would very much like this service.

Of course, that does not mean it is worth the effort of implementing 
and maintaining it, but if one porter team (say amd64:)) decide to 
implement it then certainly I will use it.

The advantage I see over a ssh access: 

1) There is no need to bother the admins to install the build-dependencies.
2) It is faster to just upload a package than to login, download, ask for
   missing build-dep, relogin, try to build.
3) You can ask for the package to be build and only at that time login
   and investigate what is in the package and read the log.

My experience is that only a small percentage of developers ever use
their shell accounts on the various architectures. Maybe such service
would increase the number of developers willing to debug
architecture-specific bug and it could give an incentive to add a 
test-suite to debian/rules for to their package.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here.

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