Storing build logs outside of .deb packages
mattia at debian.org
Mon Jun 1 10:12:10 BST 2020
On Sun, May 31, 2020 at 02:49:46PM -0700, Vagrant Cascadian wrote:
> On 2020-05-17, Paul Wise wrote:
> > On Sat, 2020-05-16 at 22:58 +0000, Chris Lamb wrote:
> >> My gut feeling is that this is the avenue we want to explore. Having a
> >> separate mechanism to capture this build-specific metadata would be an
> >> elegant solution and, as you imply, having the logs would have QA
> >> advantages as well as permit reproducible builds. The system could be
> >> generic enough for future use-cases that we cannot envisage too.
> > Agreed that this is the best option. In order to standardise the
> > naming, structure and organisation of the data in order to make it work
> > across all Debian derivatives, probably a new conversation needs to be
> > started between ftp-master and the dpkg maintainer.
> >> We have taken great pains over the years that no special knowledge,
> >> tools or tricks are required to compare the artifacts of a Debian
> >> build with respect to reproducibility.
> > I'm guessing you just ignore all differences in buildinfo files and
> > would have to add to that ignoring differences between build logs and
> > other build metadata?
> That sounds likely, yes.
I know this has been linked in multiple places, but I'll link it again:
there has also been a relevant thread in debian-devel a few months back,
spawned off the debian/.build thread started by Niels Thykier.
I'm not quite clear what's the best way forward: I could go and
implement whatever feels best to me in pbuilder, and then hope the rest
of the tooling with catch up, copy my idea and adapt, but that feels
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