"Reproducible Builds - aiming for bullseye" comments and a purpose

Holger Levsen holger at layer-acht.org
Mon Jul 22 21:53:07 BST 2019

hi Jathan,

fun fact: if you don't cc: me, you usually get a faster reply from me.

On Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 08:47:46PM -0500, jathan wrote:
> Today I attended the talk "Reproducible Builds - aiming for bullseye" at
> DebConf19 and I want to share some comments since some things I consider
> we are missing to have more contributors. I think it is very important
> to share every year the current status of the Reproducible Builds
> Project inside Debian, but besides giving new information about what
> have been done, we should do another kind of presentations more focused
> to technical introductions to everyone, since at every DebConf we have
> people that being new, Debian Maintainers or Developers, they ask
> questions that could not be answered with the necessary depth of details
> and the complexity of what is taking place in RB is really huge, 

> Regarding to this, I purpose we prepare training sessions about
> Reproducible Builds for every MiniDebConf or DebConf in a way that could
> be easy for anyone to understand and get involved, like to do a
> demonstration how to put in practice the "Reproducible Builds How to"
> https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds/Howto showing all the
> necessary steps, how to identify the problems, possible solutions and
> patching. I would propose myself to do these trainings, but I still find
> it very difficult and my technical knowledge is not enough. It would be
> good if Holger, lamby, Vagrant or any other member of the team with the
> experience and confidence they already have, could do this kind of
> sessions. 


however, at least right now, i'm out of capacity as there are several
other areas which I need to work on (eg testing against packages from
ftp.d.o instead of just doing CI tests, preparing the next R-B summit,
and keeping the test infrastructure running, to name my current top 3

I could however, review someone elses work on this.

> They would really help us a lot and make the Reproducible Team
> inside Debian look less hermetic and more friendly to people who have
> not idea about Reproducible Builds. 


> Please answer me what do you think
> about it,

see above.


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