[Box Backup] Re: Announcing 0.11 Release Candidate 1

Reinhard Tartler boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Thu, 24 Jan 2008 09:24:08 +0100

Chris Wilson <chris@qwirx.com> writes:

>> http://experimental.debian.net/build.php?pkg=boxbackup
>> Short: There as some failures, however I'm not sure if they are real
>> problems, or problems with the buildds. Please tell me if there is
>> something I can do to make it more easy for developers to understand
>> these failures.
> Thanks very much for doing this! It does indeed point to a number of 
> problems that I would like to debug before releasing 0.11.
> The main thing is that I need to be able to reproduce them. For example, 
> the armel platform has some very surprising and confusing failures which I 
> have never seen before on any platform, and some which I thought I had 
> already fixed. But I don't know how to reproduce such a platform for 
> testing and debugging.

armel hasn't built any 0.11rc1 packages yet. The buildlogs the link
shows are for ALL versions the buildd network for debian/experimental
has built so far.

> Is it possible to find out how these buildds work?

All buildds are running on native hardware running debian. Mostly
stable, build AFAIK this is up to the discretion of the buildd

> E.g. are they running under qemu or some other emulator, or do you
> have a real little-endian ARM box to run them on? 

armel is not an official debian
architecture. http://wiki.debian.org/ArmEabiPort has some more
information about its status. While for release architecture, the
porters are expected to provide developer machines for DDs, this does
not seem the case for armel.

> Is it possible to run them under an emulator? Is a pre-built image
> available for download for testing?

http://wiki.debian.org/ArmEabiHowto has instructions how to install an
debian/armel system from scratch in qemu. I don't know about an
pre-built image for that architecture, but I can try to contact the
armel porters for one, if you want me to do that.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4