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Re: [alpine-devel] checkdepends and bootstrapping new releases

From: Natanael Copa <>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2017 15:05:10 +0200


On Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:51:52 -0500
William Pitcock <> wrote:

> Hi,
> On Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 7:20 AM, Natanael Copa <> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I think we have an issue with checkdepends in APKBUILDs. The problem is
> > that lua-aports does not pull in the the checkdepends as build time
> > dependency while calculating the build order.
> >
> > We have 2 alternatives:
> >
> > - always pull in the checkdepends.
> >
> > This will make sure that the checkdepends are always built before the
> > package needing it. But this also means that we need to make sure
> > that we don't introduce any circular dependencies via checkdepends.
> >
> > - bootstrap new releases without running tests. By building the repo
> > without any tests on the first run will allow us to have circular
> > dependencies, but then we will not run any tests for our stable
> > release (only updates will get the testing), or do we want rebuild all
> > the package which checkdepends?
> >
> > Opinions?
> I think we should prefer bootstrapping without tests.
> The reason why is that the tests may fail *anyway* under bootstrapping
> conditions (due to cross compiling, etc).
> So tests should probably just be run when we're not bootstrapping.

I'm not talking about the initial boostrap of toolchain and abuild. I
am talking about the next step, when we have a working abuild and
aports-build and will build the rest of the repositories. If we disable
checks, it means that the releases are built without checks.

This is actually not only affect when we build new releases from
scratch, but also affects edge.

What happens if you push 2 commits, one with new aport for a new
language (lets call it newlang). The checkdepends needs a new library
implemented in newlang. The second commit has this library (lets callit

Now the question is, how should the build resolver handle this?
The correct thing to do would be to build a temporary newlang with
tests disabled, use this to build newlib and finally re-build newlang
with tests enabled. But this is not implemented on lua-aports and is
sort of complicated since it needs to be auto detected.
In other words, its the classic bootstrap problem. Same as we had when
pkg-config who depended on glib and glib depended on pkg-config.
Also, what if an upgrade needs a newer version of the checkdepends?
then we need to build the checkdepends before the package needing it,
which means that we need to pull in the checkdepends in the dependency
tree to figure out the build order. This means that the build-order
resolver needs to figure out a good way to handle circular dependencies
One option is that we could make the 'check' opportunistic, that we
only run check after verified that checkdepends is not circular (for
example when there are no checkdepends at all), but i dont like that
either because then it becomes unpredicatble if checks are run or not.
I think the check is something we really want, Jirutka's detect of the
libressl issue clearly shows that.
But I don't know how. Might be we need disable the checks for 3.6
release and solve those issues properly after the release.
> William
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