[Pkg-pascal-devel] MS Windows HtmlHelp file in lazarus

Paul Gevers elbrus at debian.org
Fri Dec 18 18:12:30 UTC 2015

Hi all,

So today I downloaded the new version of Lazarus (1.6RC1). It seems to
build just fine, without changes. My question from below still stands.
My proposal is to drop the chm file, unless somebody objects (Abou?).


On 21-11-15 13:03, Paul Gevers wrote:
> Yet another reproducibility issue question. Lazarus doesn't build
> reproducible, because one of the files we build (with tools from fpc) is
> the lcl.chm file which is documentation in MS Windows HtmlHelp format.
> My question is, is this the preferred format in the Lazarus IDE? If not,
> I think it is best to stop shipping it in the Debian package as the
> format is "non-native".
> I talked to pabs about this on IRC today (he even wrote the
> reverse-engineered spec of the format) and he thought that even on
> Windows this format is deprecated.
> The alternative is to patch the source in fpc to honor SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH
> (also) for chm creation, but currently the only package that builds chm
> files with that tool is Lazarus.
> So what do we think is best, also effort and maintainable wise? I tend
> to drop the file.

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