[xml/sgml-pkgs] Bug#800797: docbook-utils: please generate reproducible manpages

intrigeri intrigeri at debian.org
Fri Jun 3 13:58:55 UTC 2016

Hi Debian XML/SGML Group!

Reiner Herrmann wrote (03 Oct 2015 17:31:04 GMT) :
> While working on the "reproducible builds" effort [1], we have noticed
> that docbook-utils doesn't generate reproducible manpages.
> The embedded timestamp is using the build date and also varies depending
> on the configured locale.

... and indeed, this makes the "wpa" package unreproducible (that's
how I've ended up here, looking for packages we ship in Tails that are
not reproducible yet).

> The attached patch adds support for the SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH environment
> variable [2] and uses the C locale for the human-readable month
> (which also fixes #214982).

FWIW, I've reviewed this patch with my Perl developer hat, and it
looks good to me. I have not tested myself whether it actually fixes
the problem at hand, but I'm sure that Reiner has done that
before submitting.

Dear maintainers, what would be your preferred course of action? I see
no upload since 2012, and this patch was proposed 8 months ago, so
perhaps you wouldn't mind a non-maintainer upload applying it?


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