[Reproducible-builds] Bug#739497: PTS: reproducible builds links

Paul Wise pabs at debian.org
Thu Feb 20 00:39:54 UTC 2014

On Wed, 2014-02-19 at 21:15 +0100, David Suárez wrote:

> I dunno if something like the attached file could do the job. Let me know what 
> you think.

That is a good start, some thoughts:

I think it is probably better to put the reasons on the reproducible
builds infrastructure. There you can explain the issues better and in
human-readable language. So, no need to include reasons in the JSON.

I'm not sure the diffp output is easily understandable for many
maintainers. It would be great to get a HTML page for each bad package
that provides the deduced reasons and either links to the diffp output
or provides the same info in a more human-readable form.

It would be great if the tools for comparing package builds and deducing
reasons were available in Debian, perhaps in devscripts, so that
maintainers could do comparisons themselves. The tools could direct
people to write their solutions on the wiki page about this and
contribute patches when they find new reasons for non-reproducibility.

Some of the reasons look like they might be detectable with lintian, is
there a plan for adding those? We have very enthusiastic lintian
maintainers at the moment and lintian is widely used.


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