packages with security vulnerabilities

Mark Linimon linimon at
Mon Jan 21 22:04:40 PST 2008

On Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 03:57:31PM -0800, Doug Barton wrote:
> If I understood the question correctly, I think the OP is asking about 
> the frequency of rebuilding packages with security updates. In which 
> case your answer is still correct, but leads to a new question, which is 
> would it be possible to trigger an update for a port that has a security 
> update sooner?

The package updates are triggered by changes to the INDEX file.  If the
port's metadata changes (which is a near 100% guarantee if it's a security
fix), we would need to kill off the existing build, build a new INDEX, and
then restart the build.  And, of course, do this times 4 for FreeBSD-5/6/7/8,
times 3 for the number of architectures we try to build.  (Given that there
are empty cells in that table, so we "only" try to build 10 package sets).

Writing a package build cluster that keeps a rolling model of the INDEX
metadata as every commit comes in, so it would know what dependencies need
to be rebuilt, is left as an exercise for the reader.


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