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
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.
The fact that the package has a test suite must be declared by adding a
Testsuite: autopkgtestentry to the source stanza in
tests are declared in
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:
when any package in the dependency chain of its binary packages changes;
when the package itself changes;
when 1 month is passed since the test suite was run for the last time.
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:
the size of the current test queue
the time in which your package has hit the mirror network
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:
The test chroot is a clean chroot, created with debootstrap with no extra arguments.
dpkg is configured to use the
--force-unsafe-iooption to speed up the installation of packages.
The chroot uses the debci profile, installed by the
How can I reproduce the test run locally?
NOTE: if you intend to run tests frequently, you should
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
$ sudo apt install debci $ sudo debci setup
/etc/schroot/chroot.d/debci-SUITE-ARCH (by default
ARCH is your
native architecture), and add your username to the
[...] users=debci,$YOUR_USERNAME [...] root-users=debci,$YOUR_USERNAME source-root=users=debci,$YOUR_USERNAME [...]
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
$ 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
git clone https://alioth.debian.org/anonscm/git/collab-maint/debci.git
For maintainer queries and general discussion:
mailing list: email@example.com
#debian-qaon OFTC. Feel free to highlight
For the development of debci itself
mailing list: autopkgtest-devel
Copyright and Licensing information
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debci is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3 or later.