Hi humans. I'd like to take a deeper stab at texlive.
The current status is: nearly everything was merged, but one patch. https://anonscm.debian.org/git/reproducible/texlive-bin.git/tree/debian/patches/source-date-epoch-tex-primitives-defaults-to-1?id=c6dede514f6c724228ad6bbaa90531b27e78f1eb That patch is basically what makes \today reproducible follow S_D_E always instead of when somebody enables it with Yet Another Env Var. As HW42 pointed out on IRC what's left to us is: 1) convice upstream 2) convince Debian maintainer 3) manualy fix packages 4) export a tex specific variable in debhelper In my opinion: 1+2 were already tried, with very poor results, with both upstream and debian maintainer not interested at all at even listening to us. We could still try again though. 4 is a very very ugly thing which would set a very bad precendent for debhelper. 3 is instead a reasonable choice: according to my codesearch.d.n lookup there are 149 packages¹ with '\today' somewhere in their code. I expect that way less than half of them are actually going to effect output, but I'm going to put my idea of worst case here to half: 75 packages. It would still be a reasonable enough number of packages to fix. I think that before going to make a choice on it (even if that choice is "prod upstream some more") we should try to move aside the patched texlive-bin package from our archive and see how many packages are actually affected by this. ¹ the list of the resulting packages are attached to this email, would be nice if somebody could check it against reproducible.json (thing that I'd do before dropping texlive-bin to be able to compare the results). -- regards, Mattia Rizzolo GPG Key: 66AE 2B4A FCCF 3F52 DA18 4D18 4B04 3FCD B944 4540 .''`. more about me: https://mapreri.org : :' : Launchpad user: https://launchpad.net/~mapreri `. `'` Debian QA page: https://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=mattia `-
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