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Re: Debian and our frenemies of containers and userland repos

On Mon, 2019-10-07 at 11:29 +0100, Simon McVittie wrote:

> I think "re-bootstrap, don't upgrade" is an equally good principle for
> autopkgtest and sbuild? Both will be equally susceptible to accumulating
> cruft during upgrades that wouldn't have been there in a fresh debootstrap,
> which is undesired if you want the invariant that you are (building|testing)
> in "today's" minimal environment.

debootstrap uses a fair bit more time and resources than apt upgrade,
so I think that both are needed.

I don't want to be rebuilding sbuild/pbuilder chroots before each
package build, but an apt update and upgrade before each build starts
installing build-dependencies is reasonable.

At work we upgrade build containers interactively if needed, upgrade
them automatically daily and rebuild them from scratch weekly, this
feels like a reasonable compromise to me.



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