Bug#877418: dh-strip-nondeterminism: kills clojure performance

Phil Hagelberg phil at hagelb.org
Wed Oct 4 19:09:57 UTC 2017

Hi; I'm the upstream maintainer of Leiningen, a Clojure application
being packaged for Debian.

I would strongly vote for adjusting the timestamps of .clj files to be
older than the corresponding .class files.

I don't know enough about filesystem timestamp granularity to comment on
the wisdom of >= vs >, but I do know that patches to Clojure from
outsiders (myself included) often take years to get applied (if ever)
and the value of maintaining compatibility with older versions of
Clojure shouldn't be underestimated.

Users of Leiningen will pull in whatever version of Clojure is specified
by their application (usually not the same one as is packaged by
Debian), and if jars from the Debian repository end are packaged with
the assumption that they are consumed with a >=-patched Clojure, this
will cause a lot of subtle confusion.

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