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Re: package building problems (was Re: Canonical and Debian)

* Blars Blarson (blarson@blars.org) wrote:
> I've been watching the sparc buildd queues for the past 9 months or
> so, filing most of the ftbfs bugs for sparc, and prodding the buildd
> maintainer when a package needs a simple build requeue or the sbuild
> chroot is broken.

Great!  What mechanisms have you been using to do that, and what could
we do to make it easier for other people to do that?  Is there a way to
get the sparc buildd queues and associated information to be more
pro-actively sent to people?  I know that, at least for myself, I'm much
more inclined to do things or at least try to help with things when an
email about a problem shows up in my email client than if I have to
periodically check a website, etc.

> >4) buildd software issues(pbuild,sbuild,wanna-build,etc) 
> occasionally.  sbuild is vulnerable to broken packages breaking it's
> chroot, sometimes in ways that only effect a few packages and may not
> be quickly noticed.
> wanna-build has scalability issues, but it can be bypassed for unstable
> if the buildd maintainer doesn't interfere.  (Just build and upload
> all the new packages.)
> It looks like this software could use some redesign to put less work
> on the buildd maintainers and scale better to more buildds.

Do you have some specific insights into this?  This certainly sounds
like a good area for us to work on..



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