On 9/27/23 17:05, Gregory Farnum wrote:
Also, I’d like to connect you and Thomas, who has been
Debian builds in irc again and maintains Ceph packages in Debian
Thanks Gregory for getting in touch.
I also CC-ed Bzed, who's co-maintaining Ceph with me (even though I was
alone for the last 2 years or so, I still have hope that Bzed helps).
My mission is probably a bit different from what Matthew is doing.
Trying to maintain Ceph in Debian has to be done in Unstable/Testing,
which is a way more challenging than building for one's own unofficial
backport repository for amd64 alone. For example, I'm currently fighting
to get Ceph Pacific fixed for SID and RiscV (we believe we have a
solution for it, ie: using -latomic). See here, it still doesn't build:
At the same time, I'm trying to get Reef to build in Experimental:
As you may see, it currently fails under all 32 bits arch. The issue is,
we need Ceph for these arch too, so that Qemu can be built against
librbd, otherwise all 32 bits arch wont get RBD support. Lucky, Mipsel
was removed, so at least, we have 3GB of RAM to build, not 2.
I'm not so much interested in packaging in non-official Debian, or even
upstream. In fact, I'd be for removing the Debian folder from the Ceph
upstream master branch, as this is causing issues on the downstream
distributions (ie: I have to remove the debian folder from the orig
tarball). Best would be if we could all (wikimedia, Ubuntu, Debian)
share the same packaging branch on top of master or stable branches of
Ceph, and somehow build a CI to automatically build packages. I have
enough experience to write such a CI (which I do already for OpenStack).
Though it'd probably be nicer to have this done in the upstream
infrastructure, so that we could build Debian and Ubuntu packages for
stable AND unstable (Ubuntu/Debian, but also Ceph), aso we see things break.
My Debian packaging is also a way more Debian policy compliant than what
I saw from upstream. For example, I noticed that during the build, Ceph
build Arrow, which in its turn, download xsimd (and of course,
downloading at build time is strictly forbidden in Debian), so I had to
add "extraopts += -DWITH_RADOSGW_SELECT_PARQUET=OFF" until we get arrow
properly packaged in Debian. I also fixed many of the things you fixed
in the merge request from this week-end.
I very much would love to get more help on the packaging, and do it with
you Matthew. Note that I already work with Arturo Borrero Gonzalez from
Wikimedia as well, as I am also the package maintainer for all things
OpenStack (which is why I am interested in Ceph).
My current plan is to finish the packaging of Ceph Reef in Experimental,
which means, make it build for all arch in the Debian buildd, before
opening a transition bug to the release team and upload to Unstable (at
which point, the advise is to attempt rebuilding all reverse depends and
file bugs as necessary). Once the package reaches Unstable, and then
Testing/Trixie, I want to also upload Reef to official bookworm-backports.
Our current production plan is to run Ceph on bookworm+arm64 for a new
region of our public cloud. Hopefully, this can be done on Reef, using
the official bookworm backports I described above. I can forecast a lot
of fun testing all that in a real production environment... :)
FYI, we want to use HPE's RL300 servers (though if anyone has other
suggestions for ARM hardware and Ceph, please let me know).
The Ceph packaging is maintained in Salsa, like almost all of Debian:
There's also a lot of work that should be done in order to de-embed many
of the Ceph included libraries:
- jerasure + isal (I already packaged this in Debian)
- arrow (there's a start of a package from the Debian science team )
- uring (Ceph Reef currently fails with the Debian version)
- boost (same thing... we need to transition to 1.8.2 in Unstable)
This is a lot of work, and really, too much for only myself, who's also
in charge of OpenStack, OpenVSwitch/OVN, RabbitMQ, and many more in Debian.
So, Matthew, would you like to do packaging with me directly in Debian?
If so, I warmly welcome you in the #debian-openstack IRC channel in OFTC
if you would like to kickstart this (or we continue by email if you prefer).
Thomas Goirand (zigo)
 See https://bugs.debian.org/970021
This start of packaging would need to be upgraded to version 9.0.0 *at
least* (we got to figure out if Ceph can cope with an even newer
version), and must make sure it doesn't download xsimd at build time.
Probably, some of the arrow (build-)depends should also be packaged
P.S: I'm not registered to this list (I'm registered to a way too many
lists...), so please do CC me.