[rb-general] Clarification re SOURCE_BUILD_EPOCH and clamping

Chris Lamb lamby at debian.org
Wed Oct 18 22:16:26 CEST 2017


> It's to allow upstream tools to experiment with setting SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH
> themselves, e.g. from git or something, and doing this in a way that
> doesn't result in surprises.

As in, overiding the SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH already set by, for example,

> I think the "too complex" argument carries weight for random esoteric
> stuff or too-lengthy explanations, but neither of the changes here are
> that

Oh that's totally fair, I'm just ensuring that the "is this definitely
being used, or are we just being pedantic" boxes are being ticked.  :)

> > Where build processes embed timestamps that are not "current",
> > but are nevertheless still specific to one execution of the
> > build process […]

Despite what I've been saying, I wonder if this bit would be improved
with *some* kind of very terse eg.-based example, otherwise it reads
a little too abstract.


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