[rb-general] Clarification re SOURCE_BUILD_EPOCH and clamping

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Sun Jun 25 16:04:45 CEST 2017

On Sat 2017-06-24 10:24:47 +0000, Holger Levsen wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 09:41:00AM +0000, Ximin Luo wrote:
>> 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.
> there are two branches by dkg related to clamping on 
> https://anonscm.debian.org/git/reproducible/source-date-epoch-spec.git/

As the author of these two attempts I'm also still for adopting either
one, but i'm not going to spend much more time pushing on them given
that they didn't get much support, and did get active pushback which i
found kind of disappointing.

If other people want to pick them up and run with them they have my full
backing, and i hope that my lack of pushing on them isn't seen as an
indication that i don't think they're worthwhile.

I believe the spec should match the real complexities of what we're
trying to do here.  It's a bummer that it's more complex than what we'd
want, but we don't do anyone any favors by pretending in the spec that
the complexity doesn't exist.



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