1 Feb 2013 skvidal   » (Master)

coprs and buildsystems and a question I was asked today.

Work continues on coprs but today someone asked me if I knew of a simpler buildsystem that would let them spin up a builder, stuff a bunch of packages at it, and return a pile of results.

I said well… ansible and mockremote could do it.

I started thinking about HOW that would work and realized I have all the pieces – but not a lot of motivation to put it together at the moment.

So I thought I’d tell folks how I would do it and maybe someone will:


1. write a playbook to spin up an instance in one of the public clouds using ansible and it’s ec2 module:


2. then provision the system with mock, a mockbuilder user and mockchain.

3. tell the user the ip the instance has

4. user submits jobs to it with:

mockremote.py -r chroot -b ip –destdir=/somewhere/ -c –recurse pkg1 pkg2 pkg3

5. user comes back whenever it feels like it

6. user runs a terminate playbook like:


which shuts down the instance they had spun up.

I can see wrapping that whole thing in a single script or just letting the user do it a bit at a time. Either way – trivial to setup your own personal, temporary and pristine builder.


Syndicated 2013-02-01 21:38:17 from journal/notes

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