pkgme test run over ARB apps

Jono Bacon jono at
Tue Jun 5 06:13:26 UTC 2012

On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 7:39 AM, Daniel Holbach
<daniel.holbach at> wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> I just finished conducting a test-run of all the apps (in all states of
> myApps queues) of through
> pkgme.

Thanks for taking the time to do this work, Daniel.

> Summary:
> ========
> While the list above reads like a catastrophe at first glance, it's
> actually not. The list above contains all apps, even the rejected ones,
> so a lot of breakage was to be expected.
> The good news is that almost all the python distutils apps passed a run
> through pkgme and that once some issues in the cmake backend are worked
> out, there will probably be a bunch of cmake apps as well.
> Also with a list of specific bug reports, it might become easier to
> start fixing things, and as I have looked at the code and tinkered (just
> a little bit) with it I must say that it's a pleasure to work with.

I agree that this is a good start, and I think if we can identify the
bugs and grow a community around contributing, we can make good
progress. Michael Hall will be releasing a tutorial and a call for
community contributed pkgme backends tomorrow.

In terms of the ARB though, I think pkgme is not mature enough to
efficiently and reliably package applications today. I would not be
surprised if it will be ready for 12.10, but right now I would like to
propose that we require PPA submissions to keep things moving through
the queue until pkgme gets to a point where it can package most
submissions. Thoughts?


Jono Bacon
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