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What is autobuilder? Please help me understand this bug.

Recently libswe made it into debian(unstable). Almost immeadiately, I got this 

> http://wiki.debian.org/Alioth/PackagingProject
> Source: libswe
> Version:
> Severity: serious
> Justification: fails to build from source
> Automated builds of libswe are failing because unoconv (used to
> produce PDF and HTML documentation) assumes a writable home directory,
> which the autobuilders' build environments lack.  (Many also lack
> loopback network interfaces, which may be an issue as well.)  Given
> that the documentation winds up in a separate architecture-independent
> binary package anyway, I'd suggest arranging to build it only in full
> builds, which presumably run in less restrictive environments.
> (Relatedly, I'd suggest moving unoconv from Build-Depends to
> Build-Depends-Indep.)
> Could you please look into it?

My program does indead use unoconv to build documentation. I need to 
understand this bug so that I can fix it.

For instance, libswe just appeared in debian unstable, that means someone must 
have built it. How does the build environment of the autobuilder's differ from 
the one that built libswe on its path to unstable? Why is the autobuilder's 
environment correct? In other words, why is this not a bug against the 
autobuilder's software?

How can I duplicate the autobuilder's builds on my local machine to test this 

What is a "full" build and can I be sure that a full build will never occur in 
the autobuilder?

If I make a fix to this problem, how can I test that it will work in the 
autobuilder's evnironment?

Thank you for helping a beginning packager fix a bug.

Paul Elliott                               1(512)837-1096
pelliott@BlackPatchPanel.com               PMB 181, 11900 Metric Blvd Suite J
http://www.free.blackpatchpanel.com/pme/   Austin TX 78758-3117

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