Ian Jackson wrote: > The scheme I'm proposing is useful to Debian even if the buildds don't > get enhanced to run the tests automatically, because package > maintainer tools can easily be enhanced to do that. Of course Ubuntu > will do that testing automatically but Ubuntu apparently has (will > have) different infrastructure tools. Also, if the tests are available for use by end-users, we can ask pre-release testers to run all the tests on packages they install as part of their installation testing. A report saying "I tried installing this set of packages, and not only did I succeed, but also the software all works on my system" is a lot better than "I managed to install the packages." What you are proposing seems like a better way of doing package tests than the debian-test package I cobbled together ages ago (which has since quietly gathered dust due to lack of effort from me, and lack of interest from other maintainers) -- if we can get this to the point where the default is for maintainers to write new tests as part of their bug fixing procedure, then we'll end up with a comprehensive set of regression tests without needing people to expend much more effort than was needed to fix the bug anyway. Well done Ian :-) Cheers, Phil.
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