[Pulp-dev] Retrospective on pulp_deb / devel breakage

Matthias Dellweg dellweg at atix.de
Fri Jun 29 19:59:48 UTC 2018

Hi all,
i have kindly been asked to write a few lines about my recent discovery
of breakage of the vagrant development environment for pulp2.
I do not want to do the finger pointing game (figure you all know how
to use git blame ^^), but i was astonished, how long this bug that
breakes the simple `vagrant up` has gone unnoticed.

To the history:
It all started with the wizards duell. In the former times, pulp_deb
potion makers needed some special python ingredients that were not
bottled by the pulp craftsmen. In order to summon said liquids, an
arcane spell was added to the pulp-dev spell book to conjure them
directly from the lower pip planes in strict accordance to the version
requirements on the spec parchment.
Time evolved, and the pulp juice distribution inc. decided to add this
extraordinary flavour to their regular assortment. So all the
ingredients needed to be industrialized too. The arcane spell however
continued its work uninterrupted and unnoticed in the R&D department.
At least until Thursday 1st of March 2018, when pulp HQ adapted a new
production line and transferred the precious spec parchments to a fully
temperature-controlled safeplace. Obviously no one has entered the
pulp_deb labs until the end of June, just to find all the beakers and
test tubes broken. 
On Mon 21st of May 2018 pulp's packaging engineers decided on a new
slick bottle design fc28, however their koji filling machine seems to be
incompatible. So the rescue attempt to order the special ingredients
from the assembly line only lead to empty crates, until the order was
changed to require the equally capable bottle design fc27.
Meanwhile, due to restructuring of the whole company to supply a new
level 3 drinking experience, all preexisting phone numbers got
prepended by "2-".  At least one phonebook slipped through without
being changed accordingly. The problem of therefore not reaching the
assembly line at all, however, could be solved on very short notice.

Thanks to Dennis for helping me, raising the importance and inspiring
me to talk about it.

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