[Bug 1686022] [NEW] Please backport cockpit 138-1 and future versions from devel

Launchpad Bug Tracker 1686022 at bugs.launchpad.net
Sat May 13 00:36:19 UTC 2017

You have been subscribed to a public bug by Andrei Coada (raziel.kernel):

I would like to request a general approval to backport the current
development series of https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cockpit to
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

http://cockpit-project.org/ is a web equivalent of a desktop, for managing a (small) number of local machines (desktops or servers). Please see http://cockpit-project.org/ for details. Upstream primarily targets servers, thus the real aim for this project is the LTSes.

Current Ubuntu Cockpit users consume it from https://launchpad.net
/~cockpit-project/+archive/ubuntu/cockpit (which is subject to the same
automated testing and release process), but it would be nice to make it
available in the official backports, as well as for all of Ubuntu's
supported architectures.

Upstream has a very comprehensive unit and integration test suite; the latter runs on lots of OSes, amongst them are Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Debian 8 (Jessie) and Debian testing. (Example: https://github.com/cockpit-project/cockpit/pull/6376). As such *every* change in master gets verified that it builds, installs, and correctly works in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, so testing there is much more thorough than for Ubuntu development series (where I just do some manual testing of the upstream releases).

Reverse dependencies
Cockpit is (currently) a leaf project without reverse dependencies. In the future the intention is that various services can ship/provide their own Cockpit module to integrate into the web UI. There is a stable module interface and communication protocol, but there are no current plans yet how to do CI across these project boundaries. Once that becomes an issue, this will be discussed upstream. Presumably this will involve the usual automatic reverse dependency autopkgtesting that we do for all packages in Ubuntu.

The cockpit package as in Ubuntu zesty and devel backport and work without any changes on Ubuntu 16.04; just "backportpackage" is sufficient. I would like to handle this myself (uploading and queue processing), but I'd like to get a formal ack on this first.

** Affects: xenial-backports
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

Please backport cockpit 138-1 and future versions from devel
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