Polling for opinions on removing vm-builder, sandbox-upgrader and auto-upgrade-tester

Christian Ehrhardt christian.ehrhardt at canonical.com
Tue Jul 18 05:41:27 UTC 2017

On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Christian Ehrhardt <
christian.ehrhardt at canonical.com> wrote:

Therefore this is a final poll for objections, before pushing harder on the
> removal of the whole set of:
> - vmbuilder
> - sandbox-upgrader
> - auto-upgrade-tester
On this thread there were no reports on any active users of the tools so
far. Still looking for any feedback on that part - also a nack to confirm
no more (or never) using it will help the decision.

In  addition it turns out that due to issues in vm-builder a removal was
considered in zesty as well [1]

Yet OTOH there was some feedback on a number of forks.
- by Vacheslav Anzhiganov [2] [3] [4]
- and Chris Puttick [5] [6]

I appreciate that you two picked up the work on that, you might even
combine your efforts.
The latter seems slightly more active looking at the changes.
Also Serge offered to help SRUing fixes if someone else ensures that the
latest upstream works, thanks Serge!
But since we need to make a decision I wanted to ask you two directly, if
you are willing to continue to maintain it as "the upstream" of the
project, handle bug reports and so on.
- If you do so it would be great if you could pass through [7]  and try to
address some of them, coordinate with Serge and me to upload a new one to
Artful after this and we can consider SRUs from there
- If not - fine as well - we will remove it from the archive and it can
continue to live outside of the archive (you could consider [8] as
packaging alternative if you'd prefer a more direct way to deliver your

[1]: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/vm-builder/+bug/1618899
[2]: https://launchpad.net/~vanzhiganov
[3]: https://github.com/vmbuilder/vmbuilder
[4]: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/VMBuilder
[5]: https://launchpad.net/~cputtick
[6]: https://github.com/newroco/vmbuilder
[7]: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/vm-builder
[8]: https://snapcraft.io/

Christian Ehrhardt
Software Engineer, Ubuntu Server
Canonical Ltd
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