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Re: Questions for all candidates: decentralization of power

On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 10:36:53PM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 06:44:23PM +0000, Clint Adams wrote:
> > Is there any legitimate reason that wanna-build access should be
> > restricted to any group smaller than the entirety of gid 800
> > membership?
> There was.
[...snip history...]
> Of course, this bug has now been fixed: rather than using a libdb-based
> database, wanna-build is now running off a postgresql database. As such,
> it might be prudent to investigate whether giving regular developers
> read-access to that database could be doable (it might be difficult,
> given that wanna-build runs on a restricted host currently, or it might
> be simple; this is something for the wanna-build team to look into). But
> I don't think it's unfair to wait a while until all the issues have been
> dealt with before thinking about giving the developer body access to the
> database.

It was pointed out to me on IRC by a member of the Debian sysadmin team
that this has in fact already happened: buildd.debian.org, aka
cimarosa.debian.org, is not a restricted host, and the wanna-build
database is not restricted; every DD is able to access the database.

Since I'm in the set of users who has the ability to read from this
database anyway, I didn't notice; apologies for the honest mistake.

Also note that while the above is true, the DSA team tells me that
cimarosa is currently rather starved for IO; so while you can access the
database, that does not mean necessarily mean you should, unless you've
got a good reason to, since overusing it might interfere with the smooth
functioning of the buildd network (and we don't want that, right?)


The biometric identification system at the gates of the CIA headquarters
works because there's a guard with a large gun making sure no one is
trying to fool the system.

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