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Re: network lockdown on mips build daemons

On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 3:20 PM, Thiemo Seufer <ths@networkno.de> wrote:
> Zack Weinberg wrote:
>> http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/10/msg01278.html
>> -- which is inconclusive, but seems to be heading in the direction
>> that network-dependent tests are ok as long as the build doesn't fail
>> if the network is unavailable.  Which is what I would like to do, if I
>> had a sane way to determine whether network tests can be run.
> You can run the tests, record their result in the build log, and
> continue to build the package regardless of the outcome.

I don't think that's any better than skipping the tests.  The build
*should* fail if the networking functions of the program are actually

> I don't know of a single magic command which would test all potential
> network failure modes.

I'm currently thinking I should write a little C program that
exercises the same parts of the socket API that the server itself uses
- but not knowing what the setup is on the mips buildds, I don't know
how to verify that that program fails when it needs to...


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