[pbuilder-dist] hardcodes the mirrors to use

Bug #824285 reported by Martin Pool on 2011-08-11
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-dev-tools (Ubuntu)
Declined for Lucid by Stefano Rivera

Bug Description

I have a nearby Ubuntu mirror set up in /etc/pbuilderrc, but pbuilder-dist seems to always override this and use archive.ubuntu.com. It looks like this is intentional in the script, but is it really a good idea?

Benjamin Drung (bdrung) on 2011-09-03
summary: - pbuilder-dist always uses archive.ubuntu.com
+ [pbuilder-dist] always uses archive.ubuntu.com
Benjamin Drung (bdrung) on 2011-09-03
Changed in ubuntu-dev-tools (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubuntu-dev-tools (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) wrote :

I was nearly pulling my hair out before realising that I'm hitting the same bug as you are.

No, this is absolutely not a good idea and the behaviour should be changed. I was using "pbuilder-dist login --save-after-login" for god know how many times trying to get the tool to switch from using ftp to http for sid. This was very important because http traffic is cached here. How was I supposed to know that pbuilder-dist doesn't care about my explicit instructions? Please change this.

summary: - [pbuilder-dist] always uses archive.ubuntu.com
+ [pbuilder-dist] hardcodes the mirrors to use
Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) on 2011-09-18
Changed in ubuntu-dev-tools (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Mathieu Parent (math-parent) wrote :

The attached patch adds support for 'MIRRORSITE' env var.

Doc still to do.

Mathieu Parent (math-parent) wrote :

Doc patch for the above patch.

Stefano Rivera (stefanor) wrote :

Can we use the same mirror configuration that other tools use? See ubuntu-dev-tools(5)

Mathieu Parent (math-parent) wrote :

OK. I was using the one from pbuilderrc.


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tags: added: patch
Mathieu Parent (math-parent) wrote :

Here is an updated patch

Martin Pool (mbp) wrote :

@math-parent (nice nick) Patch v2 looks ok to me.

I don't care which variable is used as long as there is at least one. But, I've got to say, pace stefanor, it is weird to have something in the pbuilder package not respect pbuilderrc.

Mathieu Parent (math-parent) wrote :

@mbp: I can provide a patch that uses both env. But which one should be used first?

Stefano Rivera (stefanor) wrote :

That sounds good. I suggest using ubuntutools.config, which can easily handle the ubuntu-dev-tools style config, and what it calls "compat_keys"

Mathieu Parent (math-parent) wrote :


It also adds support for OTHERMIRROR.

Martin Pool (mbp) wrote :

A cleaner way to write that in Python would be


aside from that, +1 from me.

Stefano Rivera (stefanor) wrote :

Thanks Mathieu. I'll adapt your patch to use ubuntutools.config.

Changed in ubuntu-dev-tools (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) wrote :

Why was this ticket declined for lucid (and without further comment! :-( )?

Stefano Rivera (stefanor) wrote :

Because the implementation in lucid would be different, and we'll have a new LTS out soon, anyway.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-dev-tools - 0.135

ubuntu-dev-tools (0.135) unstable; urgency=low

  * grab-merge: Use wget -nv rather than -q, so that we see error messages
    (LP: #881967)
  * requestsync: Make --lp the default.
  * submittodebian: Use prettier patch filenames (LP: #887333)
  * mk-sbuild:
    -Allow creating experimental chroots again (LP: #885499)
    - experimental shouldn't be the default in experimental chroots.
    - Add --eatmydata flag (LP: #888440)
  * pbuilder-dist:
    - Support using non-master mirrors. Thanks Mathieu Parent. (LP: #824285)
    - Enable non-release pockets by default (LP: #781003)
  * New scripts:
    - reverse-depends: Replaces reverse-build-depends. Uses an UbuntuWire
      webservice for determining all reverse(-build)-dependencies for a
      package. (LP: #696373)
    - requestbackport: Files a backport request bug report, including a full
      testing checklist.
  * Don't allow boilerplate prompts through in submittodebian and requestsync
    (LP: #887336)
  * Add changelog retrieval to lpapicache, and use this in syncpackage and
    requestsync. The changelogs should be available in Launchpad sooner than
    Debian PTS.

 -- Stefano Rivera <email address hidden> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 01:51:36 +0200

Changed in ubuntu-dev-tools (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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