Using VMWare for Dapper testing

Stefan Potyra sistpoty at
Tue Nov 29 13:37:09 GMT 2005


Am Dienstag 29 November 2005 10:58 schrieb Carlos Ribeiro:
> I was thinking about using VMWare to test higher level stuff such as
> package testing, upgrading, etc. It's a good way to make some exercises -
> for example, we can simulate a migration from Breezy to Dapper, loading all
> the packages, and checking what gets broken or not, inside a virtual
> environment. For this purpose some pre-built Breezy (or even Hoary) images
> could be made available, containing combinations of packages for testing
> alone.
> Another interesting possibility is to use the native networking layer of
> VMWare to test the image. Sets of networking tests can be written, using
> some specific tool, and run against the virtual image, all using a single
> computer. The test system can be a virtual image too. Of course, in this
> case we would need a big machine (with lots of memory) to run the test
> into, but the convenience and the ability to repeat the test from scratch
> as many times as needed are great time savers in the long run.

For testing purposes FAUmachine [1] might be even a better solution, since it 
provides framework for doing automated tests. However FAUmachine still has 
its caveats, as it's not really easy to set up, and by far not easy to write 
such automated tests.

Btw.: I plan to package FAUmachine (for universe), once the 
merges/a2c-transition are done.

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