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Re: Dealing better with CD releases

On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 08:16:13PM +0200, Luk Claes wrote:
> Steve McIntyre wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 07:14:52PM +0200, Luk Claes wrote:
> >> Steve McIntyre wrote:
> >>> Hi folks,
> >>>
> >>> At the moment we have problems when we do releases including new
> >>> CD/DVD images, as you'll see from mailing list complaints about broken
> >>> links each time. Simon Paillard and I had some discussion about this
> >>> today on #debian-www and I've come up with a workflow that will
> >>> improve things, I think (see 2c below). Please feel free to point out
> >>> what I've missed... :-)
> >>>
> >>> 1. The Problem
> >>>
> >>> We generate new CDs and DVDs for each point release. These are
> >>> published in the release area of cdimage.debian.org[1]. The image
> >>> filenames and the top-level directory are versioned for clarity, and
> >>> we add a "current" symlink in the debian-cd directory that points to
> >>            ^^^^^^^
> >>> the most recent version. We move old trees of images into the archive
> >>> area[2] as each new build is published, We then prune most of the old
> >>> ISO images so we don't waste too much space - older images can be
> >>> recreated in the future using jigdo if necessary.
> >>>    d. Other ideas?
> >> Can't we link to the 'current' images on the webpages?
> > 
> > We do, but the image names themselves change from one release to the
> > next too.
> Well then it should probably use an existing tag (like
> current_release_lenny which contains '5.0.1') that needs to be updated
> for the point release anyway IMHO. Someone added 3 extra tags which is
> not very maintainable IMHO.
> Note that it's easy to convert 5.0.1 to 501 in eperl...

In the past there were ocasionally several days between the release and
the CD image release, so you can't use the tag for the former for the
latter. Haven't checked whether that is still the case. Also using the
tag in the URL doesn't give you any advantages, you still have the same
rebuild window...

Frank Lichtenheld <djpig@debian.org>
www: http://www.djpig.de/

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