[rb-general] Clarification re SOURCE_BUILD_EPOCH and clamping

Ximin Luo infinity0 at debian.org
Sat Jun 24 11:41:00 CEST 2017

Dan Kegel:
> https://reproducible-builds.org/specs/source-date-epoch/
> says
> "Upstream build processes MUST use this variable for embedded
> timestamps in place of the "current" date and time."
> but https://github.com/rpm-software-management/rpm/pull/144 and others
> interpret that as not a mandatory timestamp, but rather a limit on the
> maximum timestamp.
> The spec doesn't seem to allow that, does the spec need updating?

Hi Dan,

Yes the spec needs updating, we would have done it a while ago but some people thought adding a sentence to allow clamping would make the spec too complex, so the attempt was delayed.

Perhaps it's a good time to pick it up again? I for one am still FOR the amendment.


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