[pkg-php-pear] (Not) shipping tests in binary packages

Olivier Berger olivier.berger at it-sudparis.eu
Thu Jul 11 08:33:21 UTC 2013


Thomas Goirand <zigo at debian.org> writes:

> On 07/03/2013 05:08 AM, David Prévot wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Le 02/07/2013 15:47, Mathieu Parent a écrit :
>>> 2013/7/2 David Prévot <taffit at debian.org>:
>>> I still consider having tests as part of packaging a good practice,
>>> but it should be done in a different path and this path should not be
>>> available from the web server (i.e, not in a Apache <DIrectory>).
>> Even then, there is still a risk of a misconfigured web server (that can
>> also happen to be a default value).
>> 	http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2452
> Come on, that one is *not* an argument... :)
> I do think that tests are very valuable for our users. They, by
> definition, include good examples on how to use a lib.
>> Introducing (or even
>> keeping) potential risk vectors that are not mandatory at runtime
>> doesn’t seems like a good idea at all: they end up in production servers…
> IMO, they should just be shipped in /usr/share/doc, and that's it.
> Probably that's a very good idea to fix pkg-php-tools to do that, and
> probably to *not* do a symlink in /usr/share/php.

I think that tests should not be shipped. Maybe in a companion -dev
package if really needed.

It's not obvious our users will need to learn how to use the
libs... they may just be running apps depending on them, period.

So, maybe a more interesting approach would be to suggest good
documentation/example snippets for upstream to add to their docs, or add
some ourselves, maybe copied out of some of the tests, and put them in
/usr/share/doc/.*/example/ where they'd belong. I guess this would
probably be more compact than a full test series, and much more

My 2 cents.

Olivier BERGER 
http://www-public.telecom-sudparis.eu/~berger_o/ - OpenPGP-Id: 2048R/5819D7E8
Ingenieur Recherche - Dept INF
Institut Mines-Telecom, Telecom SudParis, Evry (France)

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