While working on the “reproducible builds” effort , we have noticed
that bash could not be built reproducibly.
There are two problems:
1. Bash uses an embedded copy of man2html which produces html that
contains timestamps, it is recommended to drop this internal copy and
instead depend on the Debian man2html which contains a patch .
2. The pdf files created by dvipdfmx contain fonts with indeterministic
order and naming . This can be fixed by not generating the pdf in
the first place as gnu codding standards makes pdf generation
optional . This has to be solved upstream.
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