I do run this bot since 2014 just to have fun - and to redeem to the Linux distribution Gentoo Linux I do use and trust since 2003. The build bot acts like a chaos monkey. It identifies build and installation issues of Gentoo software packages. The name "tinderbox" for the bot was re-used from the old (tinder-)box of the retired Gentoo developer flameeyes.

Each image is setup from a recent stage3 tarball as an arbitrary combination of ~amd64 + profile + USE flag set. In each image all Gentoo packages are tried to be installed in an arbitrary order. Once a day @world is updated. No explicit unmerge is made. The ::gentoo repository is synced hourly within each image, changes are mixed into the image backlog.
If @world or sth. else starts to have problems (usually after few days) then the image is replaced. Image with reported bugs kept for few weeks. Their data are available http://tinderbox.zwiebeltoralf.de:port - replace port with 31560.

The ::gentoo tree coverage rarely exceeds 65% for a single image. The coverage of all images is about 70% for the past week and about 87% for kept images.

The sources are available under the GPLv3.

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