Running autopkgtests from PPA on real infrastructure

Lukas Märdian lukas.maerdian at
Tue Sep 15 13:53:01 UTC 2020

Hello all,

I'm currently working on a problem where an autopkgtest works fine in local
autopkgtest testrunners (QEMU based), but it fails in different ways on the
real Ubuntu autopkgtest infrastructure [0] (networking related issues).

Some developers use Bileto [1] to reproduce tests in such situations. But
not everybody has access to Bileto and it comes with bigger overhead, due
to running all reverse-depends tests as well.

I found out about another way of running autopkgtests on the real
infrastructure, using a PPA. The approach is documented in the wiki [2],
but lots of people seemed to be surprised about it, so this is a heads up
that this approach exists and works!

* Upload your package (incl. debian/tests/*) to your PPA
* Get a core-dev/MOTU to trigger the test for you, via this URL scheme:
* Check the results via this URL scheme:


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