Full backport SRU for unattended-upgrades

Brian Murray brian at ubuntu.com
Fri Jun 1 15:31:00 UTC 2018

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 11:31:36AM +0200, Balint Reczey wrote:
> Dear Release Team,
> I would like to propose a one-off full backport of unattended-upgrades
> 1.1ubuntu1 to Xenial and possibly Trusty releases because selectively
> backporting fixes for crashes and for issues that made u-u unreliable
> would be more risky thanks to the huge number of fixes and the
> inter-dependencies between them.

To fully evaluate this idea I'd like some additional information. What
in your opinion justifies the full backport of unattended-upgrades?
Please provide some examples of bugs that would be fixed by SRU'ing
version 1.1ubuntu1 of unattended-upgrades.

> I prepared the backport in ppa:rbalint/scratch and also ran
> autopkgtests on it [1] in addition to testing it manually in VMs.

Speaking of the autopkgtests I didn't think the test coverage of
unattended-upgrades was that great. Has this improved in version
1.1ubuntu1? What new tests have been added?

> I'm not fully satisfied with the 1.1ubuntu1 version looking at the
> collected errors [2], but the fixes of those errors should be applied
> on top of the 1.1ubuntu1 release possibly before letting the
> backported u-u package to migrate to xenial-updates from
> xenial-proposed.

Fixing additional errors on top of 1.1ubuntu1 makes sense to me.

> With the full backport I also propose keeping it in proposed longer
> than the minimum of 7 days.

This also sounds reasonable.

Thanks for bringing this up!

Brian Murray

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