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Re: Support status for isolation-machine feature from Debian Infra?

On Fri, Mar 08, 2019 at 11:08:54AM +0000, Mo Zhou wrote:
> Hi folks,
> As we know the Debian CI Infrastructure, which runs autopkgtest upon
> relevant package updates to help us improve distribution quality.
> However, it still doesn't support the isolation-machine feature, which
> associates to tests that require interaction with the kernel, such as
> kernel module tests.
> zfs-linux has one of such tests. The test loads the zfs kernel module
> and trys to do smoke tests such as creating zpools:
> https://salsa.debian.org/zfsonlinux-team/zfs/blob/master/debian/tests/control#L1-2
> For quite a long time debian CI keeps skipping this test, e.g.
> https://ci.debian.net/data/autopkgtest/testing/amd64/z/zfs-linux/2068033/log.gz
> | kernel-smoke-test    SKIP Test requires machine-level isolation but testbed does not provide that
> | dkms-zfs-test        PASS
> I have two questions given the background:
> (1) What is the support status for "isolation-machine" feature?

It is supported in debci, but not yet on ci.debian.net because the
workers there are VMs that don't support nested virtualization. There is
no major blocker, I just need to find some time to do the work.

> (2) Is it a good idea to write a test script, that manually sets up
>     a qemu VM then tests the module[1]? (Such that we can get rid of the
>     isolation-machine restriction, and make Debian CI test the ZFS
>     kernel module)
>     Or any better idea?
> [1] thanks to @zhsj for a hint: This can be implemented by setting
>     up a qemu VM with exported ssh port.

No, it's not a good idea. In the long run you will be reinventing
autopkgtest. Also, since the current workers don't supported nested
virtualization, your qemu VM will be very slow.

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