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Britney on ports (was: Re: Anyone using stretch/buster/sid on ARMv4t ?)


Adam Borowski:
> On Tue, Nov 07, 2017 at 11:16:41AM +0100, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz wrote:
>> I think a possible solution is the plan we had inside Debian Ports which is
>> to introduce a Britney instance within Debian Ports and hence be able to
>> provide a Debian testing release.
>> My dream would be to not to have the distinction between release architectures
>> and ports architectures, but rather something like Tier I and Tier II
>> architectures with the Tier II architectures sharing the characteristics of
>> the Tier I architectures but without any support and without the buildds
>> and porterboxes being maintained by DSA.
> It would be great -- I tried to make an unofficial Jessie release for x32,
> but doing the equivalent of Britney turned out to be too hard.  The main
> reason was binNMUs: any out-of-archive binNMU conflicts with official
> binNMUs that come later, there's no record of in-archive binNMUs that's
> reasonably accessible to an outside observer (at least a non-DD, I wasn't
> one at the time).
> [...]
> Meow!
> [...]
I noticed that both Adam and Adrian mentioned adding a Britney to ports.

 * Setting up a britney2 instance in itself is a fairly easy task and I
   am happy to assist with that.

 * We may need additional functionality in Britney to improve the
   situation for ports (like being able to synchronise with the main
   archive).  I am open to look at these requirements (if any).

Obviously, a Britney will not solve all issues you might have, but I
believe it can assist you with providing some stability.