On 09/21/2014 04:58 PM, Dominic Hargreaves wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 10:45:14PM +0200, Jérémy Bobbio wrote:
>> As part of the “reproducible builds” effort [1], it was detected that
>> libgpg-error could not be built reproducibly.
>>
>> The build process capture the time of the build. This piece of
>> information is not really helpful to anyone and prevents the build
>> process from being deterministic.
>>
>> The attached patch will instead use the time of the latest
>> debian/changelog entry. Once applied, libgpg-error can be built
>> reproducibly! :)
> 
> Wouldn't it be better to patch configure.ac in a way useful to upstream;
> for example by having it use the time from an exported environment
> variable? Otherwise the package is going to have to carry around a
> Debian-specific patch forever.

I like Dominic's suggestion (we'd need to pass the env var from
debian/rules), and i'll see what i can suggest upstream.

Thanks for these hints!

        --dkg

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