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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Ready to setup release build machines?
Date Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:22:12 GMT
I thought that the basic requirement is that the release manager(s) do any builds on a machine
under their [exclusive] individual control.  That also means satisfying baseline requirements
for release builds though.  That pretty much requires use of a VM if the main development
system of a release manager is aligned with different tools and dependencies.

I am not so certain about putting up shared release-build VMs on non-ASF infrastructure though.

One advantage to using ASF infrastructure is to bring code signing into the fold.  That seems
rather important down the road.

 - Dennis 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrea Pescetti []
> Sent: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 10:29
> To:
> Subject: Ready to setup release build machines?
> Seeing the issue from a purely technical point of view (i.e., imagining
> for a while that there is no cost associated and no Infra around), how
> far are we from having an "Apache OpenOffice build farm" where we can
> build releases?
> Note: this is not a buildbot. Buildbots are meant to check that the
> build is not broken. They do create install sets, but for example the
> Linux builds wouldn't be as compatible as the ones we build on CentOS 5.
> What I mean here is VMs able to build a release.
> I think that within two-three weekends I could theoretically be able to
> setup a Linux-based VM host and two KVM-based VMs running CentOS 5 (32
> and 64 bit) that would be able to build releases and that could have
> shared access (i.e., not only me but other active PMC members). But this
> would only cover a small subset of users.
> What about Windows? Would someone be able, under the same hypothesis, to
> add a Windows VM to the stack? This would bring us much closer to full
> coverage.
> And what about Mac? If I recall correctly, one is tied with Apple
> hardware for MacOS X. What would be a way to bring Mac builds under
> "collective" control?
> Regards,
>    Andrea.
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