Massive sync and rebuild of packages? The case of OCaml

James Westby jw+debian at
Fri Jun 12 14:55:57 UTC 2009

On Fri, 2009-06-12 at 16:12 +0200, David MENTRE wrote:
> Debian developers are doing such transition in two steps:
>  1. upload of some modified source package (mainly the OCaml compiler
> itself) and rebuild of them;
>  2. massive rebuild of all other packages through a binNMU[2].
> Thus my questions:
>  * Is Ubuntu infrastructure is providing capabilities for doing such
> massive rebuild of packages, in several rounds?

Yes, it's called "Ubuntu developers".

We have no system that allows us to do this without an upload for each
package, but when it is just a rebuild then it's painful, but not

>  Is it considered
> correct behaviour or something to avoid?

It's often unavoidable, but we would like to.

>  * Is it possible to import on demand a set of source packages that
> would need a source upload?

What do you mean by "import on demand"?

>  * The Debian Import Freeze is set to the 25th of June and the Partner
> Upload Deadline is set to the 13th of August. So the window is quite
> short. The transition should be initiated in Debian before migrating
> into Ubuntu.  Do you think it is wise to make such a transition right
> now or it would be better to wait until Karmic+1?

I'm not sure why you picked those deadlines out. Earlier is better, but
I don't think it has to be before those particular deadlines.



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