[Reproducible-builds] Bug#824183: texlive-bin: please set default value of SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH_TEX_PRIMITIVES to 1

Alexis Bienvenüe pado at passoire.fr
Fri May 13 13:20:31 UTC 2016

Source: texlive-bin
Version: 2016.20160512.41045-1
Severity: wishlist
Tags: upstream
User: reproducible-builds at lists.alioth.debian.org
Usertags: toolchain
X-Debbugs-Cc: reproducible-builds at lists.alioth.debian.org

Dear Maintainer,

Extended support of SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH in TL2016 does a great job for
reproducibility [1]. However, setting a tool-specific environment
variable as SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH_TEX_PRIMITIVES from dpkg-buildpackage is
not possible.
I would suggest to set the default value of
SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH_TEX_PRIMITIVES to 1 instead of 0 in pdftex.

I think SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH is most often used to build reproducible
packages, and in this case the user always need
Also, SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH_TEX_PRIMITIVES=1 makes the dates in the
timestamps and in the document coherent.

Alexis Bienvenüe.

[1] https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds/

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