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bug#43075: Prioritize providing substitutes for security-critical packag

From: Leo Famulari
Subject: bug#43075: Prioritize providing substitutes for security-critical packages with potentially long build times
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:39:28 -0400

On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 09:37:59AM +0200, zimoun wrote:
> I understand the annoyance and the frustration of the substitutes
> availability but I am not convinced that some packages have higher
> priority on the substitute delivery than others.

In general, I agree with you, especially since most packages do not
really take very long to build if there are no substitutes available, or
they do not change very often.

However, I noticed today that we do not have substitutes for linux-libre
5.4.64, which was released upstream and added to Guix two days ago. In
my experience, we have rarely required users to build linux-libre, and I
think the current situation is a serious regression for our build farm.

We should prioritize building the kernel.

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