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

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#43075: Prioritize providing substitutes for security-critical packages with potentially long build times
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 16:45:02 +0200
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zimoun <zimon.toutoune@gmail.com> skribis:

> On Fri, 11 Sep 2020 at 08:56, Ludovic Courtès <ludo@gnu.org> wrote:
>> > The recent updates of ungoogled-chromium do not mention [security
>> > updates].  Well, I do not know if they are.  So the question would be:
>> > what triggers the special security build?
>> To me the proposal is more about introducing scheduling priorities.  For
>> these packages, it’s indeed safe to assume that every new release brings
>> security fixes.
> Why would some packages be prioritized on the build farm than others?
> Based on what?   Which criteria?
> Popularity?  But we do not measure (yet?) how many times a substitute
> is downloaded.
> For example, I do not use ungoogled-chromium so I would prefer that
> the resources of the build farm would be spent on these X packages.
> Bob and Alice, they would prefer these Y packages.  How do we reach a
> consensus?
> And security is one criteria.  But how to detect it is a security fix?
> (Aside the issue of ungoogled-chromium about the time limit you
> described; which should be fixed, obviously. :-))

All we’re saying is that for some packages, we should always assume that
new releases bring security fixes.  These are key packages like
Linux-libre, IceCat, ungoogled-chromium, etc.

Furthermore, ungoogled-chromium is practically not buildable on one’s
laptop, and thus it’s even more important to provide substitutes.

For now, the focus should be on improving overall build throughput since
there’s a lot of room for improvement.


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