I'm forwarding my first GSoC weekly report. I'll be adding the
reproducible-builds list as a cc from now on.

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Subject: GSoC 2015 Week 1: Move forward reproducible builds
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:03:28 +0200
From: Dhole <dh...@openmailbox.org>
To: soc-coordinat...@lists.alioth.debian.org


This is my first weekly report about my work on moving forward
reproducible builds.

Previous to starting the coding period, I wrote a blog entry [1] about
my participation on this year's Google Summer of Code; introducing
myself, talking about the motivation behind the Reproducible Builds
project and how it applies to Debian.

During the first month I will be a bit busy with exams and assignments
from university, so I will be focusing on small tasks that I can do on
my free time. Upon discussing with Lunar (my mentor) I will be working
on fixing issues related to timestamps until 22nd of June.

I have set up a machine with Debian where I can easily download packages
in source form and perform iterations of editing the source code and
building a package twice with different settings (timezone, username,
machine name...) in order to find differences between builds. To do this
I'm using the pbuilder environment to build packages in a controlled
setting, and the prebuilder script to call pbuilder twice with different
settings and run debbindiff (a tool to compare .deb packages) on the

This first week I have patched packages which had two kinds of issues:
- Timestamps of the generated files when compressed with gzip (stored in
the headers) [2].
- Timestamps of the generated files stored in the debian package [3].

The patched packages are the following:

## 26/05

- https://reproducible.debian.net/rb-pkg/unstable/amd64/flowscan.html
    patch: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=786927

- https://reproducible.debian.net/rb-pkg/unstable/amd64/dhcp-helper.html
    patch: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=777308

## 28/05

- https://reproducible.debian.net/rb-pkg/unstable/amd64/xtrlock.html
    patch: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=777351

- https://reproducible.debian.net/rb-pkg/unstable/amd64/rsync.html
    patch: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=787123

- https://reproducible.debian.net/rb-pkg/unstable/amd64/pachi.html
    patch: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=787125

- https://reproducible.debian.net/rb-pkg/unstable/amd64/nis.html
    patch: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=787126

[1] https://dhole.github.io/post/reproducible_builds_debian_gsoc2015/
[2] https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds/TimestampsInGzipHeaders


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