[rb-general] Unreproducible test logs in output

Ximin Luo infinity0 at debian.org
Wed May 10 18:49:00 CEST 2017

Chris Lamb:
> Ximin Luo wrote:
>> How shall we handle this in the context of reproducible builds?
> Devil's advocate for a second - it is sufficient that the output
> appears on https://buildd.debian.org so anyone interested enough can
> look there.
> Whilst it would be missing for the maintainer's "own" architecture
> right now, source-only uploads — hopefully introduced during stretch's
> lifetime — would fix that hole.

The retrieval process is more fiddly and it's not standardised across different deb-based distributions. You might also want the output to be more structured than just one long build log - for example binutils splits up the results by architecture.

The maintainer clearly thought it was more convenient to bundle the test results in the binary package, than to look them up on the buildd web interface - so just saying "don't do it" isn't a very user-friendly approach.


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