On Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 10:21:49PM +0200, Yury V. Zaytsev wrote: > On Sun, 26 Jun 2016, Reiner Herrmann wrote: > > >While working on the "reproducible builds" effort , we have noticed > >that mc could not be built reproducibly. It embeds the current date into > >the mcedit manpage during build. > > Ok, I think that I can now see what went wrong here: Debian used to patch > mcedit manpage, and so, mtime of the manpage file was set to the current > time during the build. Our build system faithfully hardcoded this into the > resulting man file. > > Since then, however, I've upstreamed the patch and it was removed from > 3:4.8.17-1, so I'm really wondering why it is still not working for you...
You are right, the mtime of the file is used for the manpage timestamp. But there is still a patch modifying the manpage: mcedit_full_path.patch. When this patch is upstreamed, the SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH patch is not needed, though it would still help when the manpages are patched.
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