From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Virtualization Daily Upstream Builds

At UDS Karmic, we discussed providing daily builds of pristine upstream projects.

Specifically, I implemented this for the key virtualization packages, per
  • qemu
  • qemu-kvm
  • libvirt
Ubuntu users are often running some version of the project older than the current development branch, it's more interesting to know if the user can reproduce the bug on the latest development sources.

I have constructed some automation that builds Debian/Ubuntu binaries for amd64, i386, and lpia platforms directly from your master git repositories every day at 11:00 UTC, and publishes them in a special, opt-in repository. These daily builds also drop any specific patches we may be carrying, in order to minimize the delta between the binaries built and your upstream sources.

Additionally, this tool also has the ability to expose build breakages, and it has revealed several during the last few weeks as I have been developing it.

If anyone has suggestions as to the utility of this resource, I would appreciate constructive feedback.