Welcome to the Laniakea documentation!
Laniakea is a software suite to manage Debian derivatives. It integrates
dak, the Debian Archive
Kit. Laniakea is built using
experience from prior solutions used to maintain the Tanglu Debian
derivative, which uses a full fork of the Debian archive and therefore
needed to replicate a large portion of Debian’s own infrastructure,
including multiple QA tools. This software is currently in early
Laniakea is based on the following principles:
Have one source for all configuration
Integrate components tightly, by making them speak the same protocols
Minimize human interventions when maintaining a derivative
Allow to manage most (all?) functions via a web interface
Fine-grained permissions for project members
No shell script glue
Reuse existing tools whenever possible, via wrappers
Its tasks include, but are not limited to:
Synchronizing packages from the source distribution with the target derivative
Migrating packages between suites using Britney2
Building disk images for the derivative
Validating installability of packages
Managing default package selections
Automatically taking maintenance action on the archive (e.g. rebuilding packages)
Propagate information between the archive repository, bugtrackers and other websites
Laniakea uses a lot of tools already common in the workflow of a derivative’s archive maintainer, but integrates them in a nice way.
Laniakea is split into multiple parts which can act independently (but all speak the same protocols and share data). That way, more security-sensitive bits can also be isolated out and run on different machines.
At the moment, not much documentation for Laniakea exists, these pages are a work in progress.