Source: wordwarvi
Version: 1.00+dfsg1-3
Severity: wishlist
Tags: upstream
User: reproducible-builds@lists.alioth.debian.org
Usertags: timestamps

Hi!

While working on the “reproducible builds” effort [1], we have noticed
that wordwarvi could not be built reproducibly, by design, exposing one of the 
very very few useful uses of capturing the build time (I have seen) :)

quoting from 
https://sources.debian.net/src/wordwarvi/1.00%2Bdfsg1-3/wordwarvi.c/#L9947

        /*
         * A little joke for the programmers.  If *you* built it
         * from source less than 1 hour ago you get....
         * 
         * a million bonus points.  
         *
         * (Hey, the _very first_ thing the game tells you is 
         * "Uuuuse the Soooource!!!!"  It's not kidding. :-)
         *
         */

A solution to keep this joke *and* allow reproducible builds at the same time 
would be to introduce a --distrobuild build switch which distributions could 
use to disable it.

This could be a Debian specific patch at first, but ideally it should go 
upstream, so that other distros can benefit too.

 [1]: https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds


cheers,
        Holger

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