[arch-general] Question about automated builder

Thomas S Hatch thatch45 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 27 13:21:12 EST 2011

On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM, Magnus Therning <magnus at therning.org>wrote:

> On 27/01/11 17:36, Thomas S Hatch wrote:
> [...]
> > I have been passively working on a similar project called quarters, but I
> > must admit that my motivation is somewhat low not knowing if the project
> is
> > in demand. So here is my question, do we think that something like this
> > would be a benefit to Arch? Is this the type of project that should merit
> my
> > attention?
> I am not an Arch dev, but I do help maintain a set of packages and I think
> this sort of a things would be useful.
> > Also, if we do think that this would be a good thing to have for Arch, I
> > would like feedback on what types of features the system would have and
> how
> > it would behave. Right now I am following the idea of supporting a
> > distributed build system so that we can have any number of build servers
> in
> > the fray working away to produce Arch packages for us. I am also
> attempting
> > to build it in such a way that a database is not required and that the
> > interface would be amazingly simple (this is Arch after all). This would
> > mean that by mearly checking into svn a package would be built, and then
> an
> > interface would pop up for the right people to sign it off, and once it
> has
> > been signed off it would move over.
> The set of packages I help maintain is kept in a git-repo on github, so the
> first feature request would be to *not* tie it closely to a single VCS.
> The second request would be to allow for more than one repo of packages
> to be
> monitored by the build bot.  The use case would be developers staging their
> changes in a personal, but still public, branch/clone.
> /M
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I still think that you should apply to be a TU Magnus :)

That is good input, and yes, I was planning on making it scm agnostic, I was
going to build in support for svn, git, mercurial and the AUR(this would
have to be pluggable so that the builder could go into community/extra)

The repo thing is in the design too, and I like that, it will need to
support repos both private and public, so that we can have things like an
automated testing repo with hooks to migrate packages into the main repos.

Thanks for the input Magnus!

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