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Re: Release on April 18th?

From: Chris Marusich
Subject: Re: Release on April 18th?
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 01:10:59 -0800
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Vincent Legoll <> writes:

> I'm all for that, what can I do to help ?

Thank you for offering to help!

> I don't have a Talos, though...
> So only cross- or emulated- stuff...
> Willing to help, but needs directions.

I can probably also set you up with a temporary multi-core VM for
testing, too.  I'll see if I can set something like that up for you in
the next few days.

In addition to the ways you can help as Efraim mentioned elsewhere, on
my Debian ppc64le system, where I have manually built the wip-ppc64le
branch, I have observed a valgrind build failure when attempting to
build guix (e.g., when running "make
guix-binary.powerpc64le-linux.tar.xz").  I haven't had time to
investigate it more deeply, so that's one thing you could look into.

However, I have also noticed that after rebasing wip-ppc64le today onto
core-updates, there is a new test failure when "make check" runs.  The
tests/syscalls.scm test fails; it did not fail before the rebase, so
something on core-updates must have changed that broke it...  You could
investigate this, too, if you had a machine.

Basically, if you have a machine, you can fetch wip-ppc64le and try to
build it (./bootstrap && ./configure --localstatedir=/var && make -j &&
make check), and report/investigate the errors.  Feel free to send bugs
to mentioning the commit and the reproduction steps, so
we can talk in a new bug report about any details.  That would be the
quite helpful, I think!

And yes, as Efraim mentioned, even without hardware, you could try
building your favorite packages on x86_64-linux (or whatever system you
are currently using) on the wip-ppc64le branch and report when there are
problems.  We don't want to break anything for the other system types,
but you never know what will happen.  This sort of testing might uncover
problems on core-updates, too, since wip-ppc64le is currently based off
of core-updates.

Anyway, I'll email you privately about VM access later.


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