>> I am not a fan of pointing to a moving target with the "include" statement:
>> - https://salsa.debian.org/salsa-ci-team/pipeline/raw/master/salsa-ci.yml
>> "master" will change, and that can break CI jobs where nothing in the
>> local repo has changed.
> It does have pros and cons.
> The good: Additional build/verification steps or even automatic deployment can
> be added by the Salsa team at some point without requiring changes to each
> The bad: As you mentioned, a moving target can be bad and cause inadvertent
> build failures and other issues that are out of the hands of maintainers.
> The ugly: Pulling in external scripts always bears a certain risk. They may go
> away at some point or cause potentially dangerous side effects.
> However, I do think that a standardised CI pipeline is very useful. Consider
> that the buildd infrastructure also uses a standardised build process that
> packages cannot simply get away from. If this process is replicated on Salsa,
> with an external script or not, people will quickly get a "glimpse" of what
> would happen on buildd. The need to manually adapt the CI script every time
> something changes in the buildd process is a heavy burden to bear and will
> easily lead to people "forgetting" to update their scripts. That kind of
> defeats the purpose.
> Also, consider that the Salsa CI pipeline is not an absolute source of truth,
> but a tool for developers and maintainers to quickly spot issues with their
> packages. If an autobuild fails, it's not the end of the world. It just means
> you have to go check what's going on.
I totally agree about having a standardized build process and CI
pipeline. And I agree that the CI builds are a tool, not the final
release build process. As for updating that config, in Debian we already
have a well known update mechanism: `apt-get upgrade`. The CI builds
can use that same process, we don't need to introduce a new one just for
CI builds (e.g. dynamic links to files in gitlab).
These CI environment configs can be included in a Debian package. This
has been my goal with ci-image-git-buildpackage. The bits are all shell
scripts which can easily be included in a Debian package. The mechanism
used in salsa-ci-team/pipeline is a mystery, even to me, and I've been
using GitLab-CI since the beginning (2015), and setting up CI systems
since 2006 (bash scripts!). There is obviously a lot of great work in
salsa-ci-team/pipeline, I just question the interface between it and the
Debian Developer: how its specified in the .gitlab-ci.yml file.