Commit caf8a023 authored by Martin Pitt's avatar Martin Pitt

doc/README.package-tests.rst: Document network access

Closes: #851556
parent d0072ce2
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reboot
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Network access
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autopkgtest needs access to the network at least for downloading test
dependencies and possibly dist-upgrading testbeds. In environments with
restricted internet access you need to set up an apt proxy and configure
the testbed to use it. (Note that the standard tools like
autopkgtest-build-lxc or mk-sbuild automatically use the apt proxy from
the host system.)
In general, tests are also allowed to access the internet. As this
usually makes tests less reliable, this should be kept to a minimum; but
for many packages their main purpose is to interact with remote web
services and thus their testing should actually cover those too, to
ensure that the distribution package keeps working with their
corresponding web service.
Debian's production CI infrastructure allows unrestricted network
access, in Ubuntu's infrastructure access to sites other than
`*.ubuntu.com` and `*.launchpad.net` happens via a proxy (limited to
DNS and http/https).
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