[Slackbuilds-users] SlackBuilds.org automated build system [was: Help offer]

Andrzej Telszewski atelszewski at gmail.com
Sun Nov 6 16:56:00 UTC 2016

On 06/11/16 12:47, David Spencer wrote:
> I haven't discussed this with anybody until now, but maybe buildbot
> could be useful to us. Unless I've made a mistake reading the buildbot
> docs, it would allow people to volunteer their own systems as build
> hosts. There are a couple of things we would need to worry about -
> clean build environment, authentication - but the idea would seem to
> fit a project like SlackBuilds.org that tries to exist with minimum
> infrastructure of our own.

Although people volunteering their systems sound appealing, I wouldn't 
go that direction.
You know how it goes, everything is fine until it's not.
It is much better to have system that you have total control over.
Then it's only you that is responsible for the system's security and 
also you don't have to worry about volunteer's system security.

Capable machines are dirt cheap.
For 20 euro/month you can have 8C/8T @ 2.4 GHz at https://www.online.net/
I can easily donate such machine.
Or gather 10 people, we pay 4 euro/month and you have two capable machines.

> I've got a draft SlackBuild for buildbot-0.9.1, but since 0.9 it's one
> of those packages that need to download huge quantities of npm stuff
> at build time :(

Brr. I know it is 2016 and I should love Java and JavaScript, but I don't.
If you go this direction, I will try to do my best to help, but don't 
count on it too much.
Orthodox would apply to me very well in that respect ;-)

What I've been thinking of is brewing our own (because it's much cooler 
:-)) build system.

Quick draft would be:
- QEMU, for isolation from the host system,
- overlayfs -> chroot -> build tool, for keeping the system clean (you 
understand it correctly, i.e. slackrepo would run in overlayed chroot, 
creating its overlays/chroots inside),
- running everything from single QEMU instance would probably allow for 
easier memory management,
- some way of sending the SlackBuild, either tarball or something that 
is run based on git push (I have just started studying git, so I don't 
know yet its capabilities),
- some way of receiving/monitoring the build status.

Best regards,
Andrzej Telszewski

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