Re: forge.scheme.org or sourcehut.scheme.org Amirouche 01 Aug 2021 07:25 UTC
I tried to install sourcehut on debian sid (testing) with the documented .deb packages, it failed. The official way to install sourcehut is on bare metal alpine linux but my hosting provider does not provide that option. I also failed to install alpine from rescue mode (I can't setup software RAID1). The documentation of sourcehut is apparently missing some stuff. Even if it appears like a great software, relying on service architecture and multiple repositories makes the code base difficult to navigate and work on. The software components that are used, even if, de facto standard in Python ecosystem (flask, sqlalchemy orm, alembic migrations) makes it _for me_ another maintenance burden. Last but not least, the primary maintainer, Drew Devault, told me that they are moving toward a only-Go implementation based on graphql, which is a no-go as far as I concerned. They are other github-like software forges, source hut seemed like the best candidate feature-wise (first and foremost because of continuous integration (build.sr.ht), and the mailing list support). I do not know other software that have both of those features? My goal with this project is to have a shared space where to mirror and more generally work on Scheme related topics, that is easy to backup. At the moment the primary assets of Scheme community are spread over several services (mainly github, gitlab, google, and simplelists). Tho, my immediate need is to be able to run automatic tests with several Scheme to ease and hence increase portability. This is made easier with github/scheme-containers  that rely docker (or podman). I do not know any software that implement only a public continuous integration that can rely on docker. Except the security problems related to running sort-of untrusted code that needs to be nailed down (my plan is to run each job in their own cloud VM without inbound network except ssh), I can see how to build one.  https://github.com/scheme-containers Breaking the ice ahead: as far as I know GNU Guix does have the necessary tooling to do the job. It is Scheme, it is possible to install on top of an existing distro or on bare metal, it is easier to create guix package definitions than .deb or .rpm, it is even easier than gentoo's .ebuild, and they already have some kind of CI software called cuirass. I will investigate that idea in the coming weeks.