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Re: For your consideration: Secondary Architectures in Fedora



David Woodhouse wrote:
On Thu, 2007-05-31 at 19:15 -0400, Christopher Aillon wrote:
There is no build for i386 if something fails. As in any RPMs that may have been created get deleted, the builds for any unfinished subtasks are cancelled, and appropriate fail notices sent out to the CLI and via e-mail.

Doing this any other way will lead to inconsistencies in the primary repos. The latest foo would be foo-1.2 on one arch and maybe foo-1.3 on another. Having these inconsistencies in the build root will then become one big mess as nobody would be able to sanely say what version of foo any given package would be compiled against -- and might cause more failures if API/ABI changes in the foo package.

Nevertheless, this is what's being proposed. Even if a build fails on
one architecture, it would run to completion on others.

Not quite. How do we that right now all of our builds in rawhide don't fail on s390 currently? We don't. Chances are they work, but maybe something in the rawhide compiler broke there. Assuming the s390 compiler is broken, would you consider this a partially failed build if we haven't started a build on it and therefore can't know the problem exists? It succeeded on i386 and x86-64 and ppc and we push it to the repos.

From a Red Hat perspective, it would be nice if we started doing side s390 builds so we can keep on top of any issues as we'll have to care about this when we branch for our next Enterprise offering. If it fails in our own side builds, we'd get notified but it wouldn't be a failure to the Fedora system because it just didn't start an s390 build at all. But when the Fedora build succeeds, it would be prudent for someone to rebuild the s390 package with the same changes.

That is pretty much exactly what is being proposed.  But automated.


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