[pacman-dev] [PATCH] makepkg: introduce SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH

Andrew Gregory andrew.gregory.8 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 17 13:34:11 UTC 2017

On 04/17/17 at 08:41pm, Allan McRae wrote:
> This patch introduces the SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH environmental variable.  All files
> in a package are adjusted to have their modification dates set to the value
> of SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH, which defaults to "date +%s".
> Setting this variable allows a package that is built twice in the same
> environment to be (potentially) reproducible in that the checksum of the
> generated package file will be the same.
> Signed-off-by: Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org>

I'm of the opinion that makepkg is the wrong place to work on
reproducible builds.  We could probably take care of the low-hanging
fruit directly in makepkg, but a number of packages are going to
require more find-grained control over the environment then I think we
should be putting in makepkg.  If you look at `perl -V`, for instance,
it embeds the output of `uname -a` and a timestamp directly in the
executable.  I suspect that any effort we put into reproducible builds
with makepkg would eventually have to be duplicated with a more
powerful wrapper script in order to handle packages like perl that
record more of their environment than we should be manipulating in


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