On 27/08/15 15:32, Chris Lamb wrote:
> Chris Lamb wrote:
>> I plan to dump the rest of what's in my head today (depending on the
>> level of sun)
> Sincere apologies that this took longer than promised, but I think I've
> reached a good point:
> I'll wait a few days, proof-read a more few times and then declare it
> In the meantime, suggestions and contributions are highly welcome. Feel
> free to commit "rough" changes directly to the repo; I am very happy to
> "fold in" improvements in this way. (If you are not already a member of
> our Alioth group, this would be the excuse you were waiting for..)
Hi, very nice work.
I would add in a paragraph about why it's not feasible to keep embedded
timestamps and simply have a "diff" program ignore these. I've encountered this
proposal before by lazy upstreams that don't want to acknowledge that the
problem (and hence solution) lies on *their* side.
Something like (from the current wiki page):
.. it is not feasible to develop a diff algorithm to ignore "build dates" in
arbitrary data formats, and fundamentally impossible in the case of
Turing-complete data formats such as executables, since the real behaviour of
the result could easily change based on a piece of data embedded in the file,
even if the data is itself static or immutable.
> exposed through the system's usual environment mechanism
unsure what "environment mechanism" means - hardware clock? syscall?
In the meantime I'll push some other minor edits too.
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