Retention period for autopkgtest test logs

Francis Ginther francis.ginther at
Mon Sep 25 18:52:56 UTC 2023

On Mon, Sep 25, 2023 at 1:18 PM Bryce Harrington <
bryce.harrington at> wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 25, 2023 at 10:23:36AM -0700, Brian Murray wrote:
> > Currently test results and log files for autopkgtest runs are kept until
> > the release for which the test was run reaches its End of Life. This is
> > also true for autopkgtest runs for packages in PPAs and the Ubuntu QA
> > team thinks we should not be keeping these for such a long period of
> > time.
> >
> > We plan to automatically remove test results for PPAs which ran more
> > than 8 weeks ago. Does 8 weeks seem like too short of a period to
> > anybody?
> It does feel a bit short; prior results can sometimes be interesting for
> comparison purposes, although even that value diminishes quickly over
> time.  Is there a strong reason to favor 8 weeks vs. say 26 weeks
> (i.e. our development cycle length)?
> Bryce

I would also recommend a longer period, at least 12 or 16 weeks. The
selfish reasoning is that this would give us at least 2 kernel SRU cycles
worth of (hopefully) passing logs to use when triaging a failure.

Francis Ginther
Canonical - Kernel
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