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Re: Bug#342244: mysql-dfsg-5.0: FTBFS on hppa

hi -admin and -devel,

executive summary:   mysterious and unreproducible ftbfs for
mysql, and perhaps other packages on the hppa architecture.  a faulty
buildd (sarti) is suspected, but afaict all requests for information
remain unanswered.

i'm suspecting hardware problems, as for mysql this is not the first
such ftbfs[1].  originally, a similarly mysterious error occurred
where the build didn't even start because installing tetex-bin failed.
Frank Küster followed up[2] with debian-hppa as well as debian-admin
about the problem, but afaik recieved no response.

now, mysql is failing during the execution of debian/rules,
in a chunk of code doing no more than a find/xargs/rm[3].
the buildd reports that the job failed do to a lack of activity
for more than 150 minutes[4].

On Tue, Dec 06, 2005 at 04:56:58PM +0100, Frank Küster wrote:
> I have asked ryan murray and the hppa list about this, but never
> received an answer.  I don't know whether the problem magically solved
> itself (which would again point to a hardware problem) or whether some
> admin acted.  It would be interesting to find out why the buildd tried
> again to build the package after the last one failed - maybe this gives
> some insight who did what why when.

it would be nice if someone could comment on the matter.  looking back
in the archives for the hppa list, i see at least one other unrelated
post[5] indicating the same problem for multiple other packages, also
unanswered so far.  this mail was only sent yesterday (20051205) though.
however, the poster does point out that the failing packages build
just fine on other hppa machines.

in the meantime, i'm forwarding this on to d-d (and cc'ing d-a, but not
d-hppa as it won't do more good than what's already been done).  as much
as i hate to stoop to this level, i find often making a public fuss
about things is the quickest way to get things going, and i don't know
what else can be done.  all flames/tar/feathers can be sent my way for
having done so and i apologize for having done so if i am in fact totally
off-base on my assumptions.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/340279
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-hppa/2005/11/msg00017.html
[3] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=342244
[4] http://buildd.debian.org/fetch.php?&pkg=mysql-dfsg-5.0&ver=5.0.16-1&arch=hppa&stamp=1133590988&file=log&as=raw
[5] http://lists.debian.org/debian-hppa/2005/12/msg00012.html

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