using docker to deliver qualification tools

Joel Sherrill joel at
Thu Oct 24 12:00:10 UTC 2019

On Thu, Oct 24, 2019, 5:58 AM Andrew Butterfield <
Andrew.Butterfield at> wrote:

> Dear RTEMS users,
>  give that the RTEMS-SMP qualification project requires a lot of new
> tooling, some very standard, some more experimental, we have a proposal
> that we distribute these using Docker CE (Community Edition).
> This will make it easier for users to install only the parts that they
> are interested in, and also makes it possible for us to host the
> tools in the cloud somewhere as an on-line qualification service.
> What are the thoughts of the community regarding this?

I don't care what ESA does after the work is delivered for their own
internal use. But requiring a Docker instance for community qualification
work is unacceptable to me. It is a Linux specific technology and that
violates a few key tenets of the RTEMS project.

Host Independence and Reproducible being the top two.

Instructions on how to build the environment are key. This includes what to
install with pop or with the RSB or as a host package.

If a user wants a pre-configured VM or container that's their business. I
personally don't think it is configuration controlled enough under the
auspices of the project and even if used must be under the end user
system's control to be able to pass a qualification audit.

Think reproducible

> Best regards,
>   Andrew Butterfield
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