[sane-devel] daily git snapshots

Olaf Meeuwissen paddy-hack at member.fsf.org
Tue Mar 6 12:20:54 UTC 2018

Hi Rolf,

Rolf Bensch writes:

> Hi Olaf
> Am 04.03.2018 um 02:52 schrieb Olaf Meeuwissen:
>> ...
>> Sorry about that.  Should be fixed now.
> The last file on the website is from 28-Feb-2018 00:05

Should be fixed now.  Looks like something is wrong with the changes I
made to the script and/or permission issues with me running the script
manually and Allan's cron job running it.  Will have a look.

>> # Not quite sure why that happened but I suspect I made a mistake with
>> # the ln command.  It doesn't seem to be caused by the update-htdocs.sh
>> # script.  IIUC, that script runs daily.
>> Anyway, given the (in)frequency with which our repositories are pushed
>> to I wonder if it makes sense to drop the daily git snapshots in favour
>> of the source tarballs created by our CI setup on every push.
>> # Sometimes weeks go by without a commit ;-)
>> The git snapshots are *not* the same as the source tarballs.  The former
>> are the result of
>>   git archive --format=tar --prefix=sane-backends-$(date +%Y%m%d) master
>> whereas the latter are the result of
>>   make dist
> This is exactly what I need.

If that's the case, you may want to take a look at changing the URL you
fetch your source tarballs from.  The details[1] are on GitLab, but you
basically want to grab


and use the sane-$project-*.tar.gz that's in the zip'd archive that that
URL provides.  This works for $project values of backends and frontends.
There may be other files in the zip'd archive but those are intended for
the website so you can safely ignore those.

 [1]: https://docs.gitlab.com/ce/user/project/pipelines/job_artifacts.html

You can also take a peek at


which does something similar for the Alioth hosted website.

>> So the latter are equivalent to what we eventually release.
>> How easy/hard would it be to change things on your end to use the CI
>> source tarballs?  Should I submit an issue for that on GitLab?
>> ...
> On my point of view, daily git snapshots without any changes make no sense.

That's exactly why I asked.  We now have CI builds with every push.
These are guaranteed to have a change.  It doesn't really matter how
often they happen, once a month or every five minutes ;-)
A new source tarball will be created for *every* push unless the build
fails.  Even so, the last successfull source tarball will be available
from the URL above.

Hope this helps,
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