[rb-general] GNU coding standards discussion

Ludovic Courtès ludo at gnu.org
Mon Dec 5 10:38:13 CET 2016

Holger Levsen <holger at layer-acht.org> skribis:

> As a single sentence, "Reproducible builds have bit by bit identical build
> results.", maybe?

Some people objected that this doesn’t take into account meta-data (file
system meta-data, archive meta-data, etc.)

>From there, some started noting that what’s meta-data at one level is
data at another level.  Like should we do bit-wide comparison of ELF
sections?  Of whole files?  Of whole .deb/.tar/.a files?

I believe this has an obvious answer in the context of a distro (e.g.,
for Debian, we’re concerned with bitwise comparison of .deb files), but
trying to answer it in a very generic way is difficult.


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