BIRD 2.0.8

Jakub Ružička jakub.ruzicka at
Tue Apr 13 22:38:59 CEST 2021

Hey Justin,

I managed to get bird2-2.0.8 packages built (and lightly tested) for all
current Ubuntu versions in bird-experimental launchpad [1] 🥳

* Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla)

* Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS (Focal Fossa)

* Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS (Bionic Beaver)

* Ubuntu 16.04.7 LTS (Xenial Xerus)

However, when I started testing migration from current official bird
launchpad [2] I noticed that bird2 doesn't really install on Ubuntu
16.04 Xenial Xerus (package not found after adding ppa even though it's
displayed on the web 🤔) and 18.04 Bionic Beaver (init-system-helpers
(>= 1.56~) isn't available, that is the same for Xenial even if the
package was found).

Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo is rejected by launchpad as "disco is obsolete
and will not accept new uploads."

I've fixed build issues by relaxing deps and disabling -docs subpackage
which was causing FTBFS on older distros. I'll try to re-enable docs in
the future package builds and they remain available from downstream
distro packages and more importantly online.

But I'm still quite confused by the current state of the launchpad repo
- can you confirm that [2] is the PPA you're using? Maybe there are some
other unofficial ones? If so, on which Ubuntu version are you?

Could you by any chance test upgrade on a testing system/VM/container
with your setup by adding [1] and checking if bird2-2.0.8 does what you
expect it to do before I push new packages to [2]?

For example:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cz.nic-labs/bird-experimental
    sudo apt install bird2
    sudo systemctl status bird
    bird --version
    dpkg -l bird2

I wasn't sure how much testing I should do before pushing new packages
into official launchpad but it seems broken to a point where there isn't
a single upgrade path I could test so I reckon the sooner the better



Jakub 📦

On 4/9/21 9:36 AM, Justin Cattle wrote:
> Hi Jakuk,
> That sounds very positive :)
> I would vote for updating the Launchpad PPA too, at least for this
> point release it would be helpful for us.
> Thanks!
> Cheers,
> Just
> On Fri, 9 Apr 2021 at 03:58, Jakub Ružička <jakub.ruzicka at
> <mailto:jakub.ruzicka at>> wrote:
>     Hello,
>     I bring good news!
>     I've been recently tasked with updating Debian and Ubuntu bird
>     packages
>     and I'm probably going to maintain all bird packaging (including
>     Debian
>     downstream) from now on as I do with Knot DNS and Knot Resolver
>     packages
>     which were also previously maintained by Ondra Surý the current
>     official
>     Debian bird package Maintainer. He agreed to pass the maintenance of
>     bird and bird2 Debian packages to me as well. Please note that I'm a
>     fresh Debian Maintainer, not a Debian Developer (yet?) so my
>     powers are
>     slightly limited but I've been able to solve all Debian packaging
>     tasks
>     so far with the kind help of my awesome sponsor and mentors and I
>     intend
>     to do the same for bird.
>     Debian unstable is in hard freeze and bird2 Debian package doesn't
>     have
>     autopkgtests which means it can't be updated until Debian 11
>     Bullseye is
>     released.
>     I've prepared bird2-2.0.8 on my Salsa fork and I also enabled Salsa CI
>     which is green (some harmless blhc warnings and reproducible build are
>     skipped):
>     <>
>     I'll make sure these changes will make it to Debian (and Ubuntu by
>     transition) eventually.
>     Regarding upstream packages, I initially intended to update the bird
>     launchpad you mentioned, but after a careful consideration I chose to
>     leverage openSUSE Build Service (OBS) instead to provide wider
>     platform
>     support than just Ubuntu.
>     OBS is already used in Knot Resolver and Knot DNS projects for
>     packaging
>     and CI and while it has its share of problems, it currently provides
>     best value for building upstream packages on many different
>     distros and
>     archs from shared packaging source.
>     I already have bird2 packages built in a testing OBS repo for latest
>     Debian, Ubuntu, Fedoras, and CentOS but there are some remaining
>     issues
>     with docs generation on older distro versions which I need to address.
>     In worst case scenario I will temporarily drop doc packages in
>     order to
>     get bird built.
>     I plan to announce the new OBS repos sometimes next week to provide
>     Debian, Ubuntu, and hopefully SUSE packages as opposed to Ubuntu only
>     through Launchpad.
>     However, after seeing your interest in the Launchpad repo, I'll
>     see if I
>     can get it updated as well to make the transition smoother.
>     I have bright plans for both upstream and downstream bird
>     packaging but
>     I'll share the them only after I'm done with bird-2.0.8 packages
>     you've
>     been waiting for.
>     Thank you for your patience!
>     Jakub Ružička
>     CZ.NIC packager 📦
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