[Mageia-dev] Will this work for a build system?

joris dedieu joris.dedieu at gmail.com
Sun Sep 26 17:04:05 CEST 2010

2010/9/26 Olivier Blin <mageia at blino.org>:
> R James <upsnag2 at gmail.com> writes:
>>> BTW, I once calculated (test plus extrapolation) how long it would take
>>> to rebuild every package in Mandriva on a low end 2 GHz Celeron server
>>> that I had available and it came to about 80 days.
> With a reasonably good machine, we used to be able to rebuild most of
> "main" in about one day.
>> Perhaps I was naive in thinking that compiling the distro could be
>> done with distcc or even a simple queuing system that distributes
>> SRPMs to nodes in the community swarm.  As each node returns its
>> completed binary package, the queuing system could send it another
>> SRPM to build.
>> It would be cool if it could be done that way.  Why pay for data
>> center space, hardware, electricity and big bandwidth when you could
>> have a community-provided "cloud" for free? :o)
> Because there are some authentication and integrity issues which are not
> simple to solve: we have to be sure that the binary packages really come
> from the unmodified SRPM (so that it does not contains malware).

This can be avoid by
- building every package twice (also useful for integrity check)
- randomize build order
- timedout jobs

It's not a trivial problem but imho distribute tools advantages
(price, scalability, availability ...) should be seriously considered.
Has a single build system in a single datacenter should be a single
point of failure.

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