On Tue, 17 May 2022 14:14:57 +0200,
Rich Freeman wrote:
> On Mon, May 16, 2022 at 1:37 PM Markus Walter <li...@jonglieren-jena.de> 
> wrote:
> >
> > My use case is the following: I would like to improve the gs-elpa program
> > and provide a precomputed overlay for melpa. However the melpa distfiles are
> > rebuilt everyday and cause checksum failures. However the only thing
> > changing are the timestamps. Hence if a normaliser program could simply set
> > all timestamps to some predefined value (say 1.1.1970) then this problem
> > should vanish.
> >
> Wouldn't a simpler solution be to just have an ebuild setting that
> tells the package manager to not check the timestamp?

The timestamps are inside archive files thus changing the overall file
hash. This happens during distfile download, where some more sophisticated
replace all timestamps function would be necessary than just ignoring one


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