Running autopkgtests from PPA on real infrastructure

Olivier Tilloy olivier.tilloy at
Wed Sep 16 14:38:05 UTC 2020

On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 1:07 PM Lukas Märdian
<lukas.maerdian at> wrote:
> 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!
> Basically:
> * Upload your package (incl. debian/tests/*) to your PPA
> * Get a core-dev/MOTU to trigger the test for you, via this URL scheme:

A clarification: no need for a core-dev/MOTU if you have upload rights
for that package in Ubuntu. In that case you can trigger the test
yourself. The ubuntu-upload-permission tool in ubuntu-dev-tools is
handy to check whether you are allowed to upload (and therefore to
trigger tests for) a given source package.

> * Check the results via this URL scheme:
> Best,
>    Lukas
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