new upstream tracker (

Garrett Cooper yanefbsd at
Sat May 22 21:32:44 UTC 2010

On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM, Garrett Cooper <yanefbsd at> wrote:
> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM, Garrett Cooper <yanefbsd at> wrote:
>> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 6:12 AM, Andrey Ponomarenko <susanin at> wrote:
>>> On 05/22/2010 04:30 PM, Kostik Belousov wrote:
>>>> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 03:54:20PM +0400, Andrey Ponomarenko wrote:
>>>>> Hello, I'm from ISPRAS and we have created an experimental system for
>>>>> monitoring and analyzing of upstream libraries development. It may be
>>>>> helpful for analyzing risks of updating one of the distribution
>>>>> components (shared libraries). The web page of upstream-tracker is:
>>>>> It now includes ABI changes analysis and API shallow test results for
>>>>> several versions of 60 popular open source libraries.
>>>>> Any bugs or feature requests are welcome. Thanks.
>>>> WOW. Can you, please, share the setup of the tracker ?
>>> The tool itself is very young and is not well documented yet. Although
>>> the first version has been recently released under dual GNU GPL and LGPL
>>> licenses:
>>> We are not recommended to use this version of the tool by yourself. Very
>>> soon we will release 1.1 version containing a lot of bug fixes and new
>>> features.
>> Unfortunately this could only be added to the base system as a port
>> today as it depends on perl (something that was tossed from the base
>> system many moons ago because of cross-building issues). I'll poke
>> around at the software and port it to FreeBSD because it looks
>> interesting though and does provide a relatively simple interface for
>> digesting test results.
> There are several portability issues with the perl scripts that should
> be resolved for this to be usable outside of Linux. I'll file bugs for
> these bits.
>>>> It would be amazingly interesting if you added FreeBSD base system
>>>> libraries to the tracker.
>>> Provide, please, the list of necessary libraries.
>>>> It would be extremely interesting and
>>>> useful for us to see changes among releases and tips of the
>>>> stable and head branches.

    Wow... there's so much grown code in this project that it quite
frankly scares me (20k lines of perl code... yikes). I need to look
into implementing a clean design with my ballista rewrite in python,
because the lack of modularity and the number of gcc-isms and
linux-isms in this isn't really super portable. But that's several
months or maybe a year down the line.

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