Things we ought to do to improve our packaging

Matt Mackall mpm at
Tue Aug 20 16:19:34 CDT 2013

On Mon, 2013-08-19 at 23:17 +0400, Nikolaj Sjujskij wrote:
> Den 2013-08-19 02:29:49 skrev Matt Mackall <mpm at>:
> > On Sun, 2013-08-18 at 16:44 +0200, Dirkjan Ochtman wrote:
> >> On Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 8:29 AM, Matt Mackall <mpm at> wrote:
> >>> I don't know, but I suspect there is. How does one grab the equivalent
> >>> of a nightly on Gentoo? How long do I have to wait to install 2.7 if
> >> the
> >> > packager is on vacation? Is there stuff that requires manual
> >> > intervention from release to release like adding new files?
> >>
> >> As Nikolaj mentioned, you can trivially build packages from your
> >> public repo's tip. There are two packagers, so you might have to wait
> >> a little bit, but it's only a filename move away (in an overlay) if
> >> you want it badly (e.g. no actual building). No intervention is
> >> generally required for version bumps.
> >
> > Ok, so it's fairly painless. Let's flip the question around: is there
> > any reason we should NOT be doing automated nightly Gentoo builds to
> > spot problems, given how easy it is?

>   What for?

Because automatic builds are a bog-standard quality assurance mechanism
that I shouldn't even have to explain. Yes, Gentoo is very shiny and
apparently makes this especially easy... so why oh why are you

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