Hi Ximin, sorry for the late reply, I hoped someone else would have replied ealier and with more substance than mine.
On Montag, 30. März 2015, Ximin Luo wrote: > The idea: > > 1. We have dh (and/or other tools) set a standard environment variable, > SOURCEDATE, according to the package's changelog 2. We create wrappers > that use "faketime -f" to run various documentation generators. During the > build, we set PATH to include these wrappers. 3. We try to persuade > upstream to support SOURCEDATE. As they add this support, we can remove > the corresponding wrapper. > > Pros: > - *at most* 2-line change for package maintainers, or possibly even no > changes if dh/cdbs is good - works even if upstream is stubborn or > uncooperative > - we selectively use faketime only for specific tools (doc generators) that > don't have a problem with it - actually we could generalise this to any > tool that works with faketime, not just doc generators I think you should document the idea in the wiki, even if I don't like the idea of using faketime very much. (Though maybe it is the best interim solution we have atm..) I guess using https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds/TimestampsGeneratedByDocbookToMan would be not be the right place as your approach is aimed at more issues. cheers, Holger
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