Bug#833503: autopkgtest: accesses the internet during build

Martin Pitt mpitt at debian.org
Mon Aug 15 09:53:08 UTC 2016

Hello Chris,

Chris Lamb [2016-08-12  9:30 +0100]:
> It was never my claim that it was a FTBFS, more that an internet
> connection is attempted in the first place ("Whilst autopkg builds
> successfully [..]") which leaks privacy etc. etc.

Sorry, but "leaking privacy" is not convincing at all. A machine that
builds packages downloads packages from the configured mirror via apt
all the time, and nothing else happens during the test.

> > that would make regressions harder to detect.
> But isn't that the whole point of the ci.debian.org/autopkgtest
> service itself..?

The tests do run as autopkgtests as well. But Debian does not actually
use those for gating (yet).  Also, autopkgtest frequently gets
backported, where running the tests is very helpful to spot
regressions. apt itself has changed a lot recently, and configuring it
is very delicate ([1], *cough*) so I'd rather run these when/whereever


[1] https://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/autopkgtest/autopkgtest.git/tree/lib/adt_testbed.py#n1155

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