Purge of End of Life versions from Mirrors

OSU Open Source Labs have supported MariaDB for many years in hosting the mirror from which we distribute our releases for which we are most grateful. We were asked if we could reduce the size as our mirror usage had grown to 1TB, rather high compared to other projects.

To accommodate this request we removed all of the end of life releases, 5.5, 10.0 and 10.1 from the mirrors halving the used space.

MariaDB space usage on OSU Open Source Lab mirror

It turns out there were some continuous integration systems still using these repositories.

Developer tip: test MariaDB install/upgrade quickly with Docker

Here is a quick tip for any developer who might want to test if the latest development version of MariaDB installs/upgrades. Traditionally, developers seem to have a bunch of virtual machines lying around which they use to test MariaDB installation and upgrade related things. Snapshotting virtual images, keeping them up-to-date, starting, stopping etc. takes a lot of time and does not feel very convenient.

A much faster option would be to use pristine Docker images for every test. Docker images however normally only run one process and thus do not simulate a complete operating system and lack vital things like systemd interactions. …