Debian Continuous Integration

The Debian continuous integration (debci) is an automated system that coordinates the execution of automated tests against packages in the Debian system. debci will continuously run autopkgtest test suites from source packages in the Debian archive.

FAQ for package maintainers

How do I get my package to have its test suite executed?

Test suites must be included in source packages as defined in the DEP-8 specification. In short.

Please refer to the DEP-8 spec for details on how to declare your tests.

How exactly is the test suite executed?

Test suites are executed by autopkgtest. The version of autopkgtest used to execute the tests is shown in the log file for each test run.

How often are test suites executed?

The test suite for a source package will be executed:

I just added a test suite to my package; how long does it take for it to be processed?

Short answer: it depends on many factors and it may take some days, but it will show up eventually.

Long answer: the current infrastructure runs tests sequentially on a single box; think of a loop in which each iteration takes a few days. The delay for your package to be processed will depend on:

If the package has hit the mirror network at the beginning of the current iteration, it will take a few days to be processed. If it arrives at the mirror network in the end of the current iteration, then your are lucky: it will be processed at the beginning of the next iteration.

What exactly is the environment where the tests are run?

debci is designed to support several text execution backends. The backend used for a test run is displayed in the corresponding log file.

For the schroot backend:

How can I reproduce the test run locally?

NOTE: if you intend to run tests frequently, you should consider installing apt-cacher-ng before anything else. debci will notice the running proxy and will setup the testbed to use it, so you won't have to wait for the download of each package more than once.

Install a configure debci

$ sudo apt install debci
$ sudo debci setup

Now edit /etc/schroot/chroot.d/debci-SUITE-ARCH (by default SUITE is unstable and ARCH is your native architecture), and add your username to the users, root-users and source-root-users configuration keys:


To speed up test suite execution, you can also add the following line at the end:


This will mount the chroot overlay on tmpfs which will make installing test dependencies a lot faster. If your hard disk is already a SSD, you probably don't need that. If you don't have a good amount of RAM, you may have problems using this.

The following examples assume:

To run the test suite from a source package in the archive, you pass the package name to adt-run:

$ adt-run --user debci --output-dir /tmp/output-dir SOURCEPACKAGE --- schroot debci-unstable-amd64

To run the test suite against a locally-built source package, using the test suite from that source package and the binary packages you just built, you can pass the .changes file to adt-run:

$ adt-run --user debci --output-dir /tmp/output-dir \
  /path/to/PACKAGE_x.y-z_amd64.changes \
  --- schroot debci-unstable-amd64

For more details, see the documentation for the autopkgtest package.

Reporting Bugs

Please report bugs against the debci package in the Debian BTS.

Developer information


For maintainer queries and general discussion:

For the development of debci itself

Copyright and Licensing information

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debci is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3 or later.