[rb-general] Clarification re SOURCE_BUILD_EPOCH and clamping

Ximin Luo infinity0 at debian.org
Wed Oct 18 17:12:00 CEST 2017

Holger Levsen:
> On Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 10:04:45AM -0400, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
>>> 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.
> thank you for clarifying, dkg, and I'm sorry to learn this demotivated you this much.
>> 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.
> I agree.

Sorry for the long delay, I've pushed a pu/1.1 branch, it's built here:


It includes me relaxing my original requirement (that I added in a1409cb) of not overwriting the variable.

In the interests of pushing this forward, I plan to publish this "officially" in about 1 week unless we get more comments.


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