[rb-general] Status of Reproducible Builds on NetBSD

Holger Levsen holger at layer-acht.org
Fri Oct 20 14:27:49 CEST 2017

Hi Pierre,

thanks for your interesting answer!

On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 01:44:23AM +0200, Pierre Pronchery wrote:
> > What's the status on indiviual packages or ports (as you call them, iirc)?
> Our packages come from the pkgsrc project, which is also managed by the
> NetBSD Foundation. There is no knob there at the moment to force the
> generation of reproducible packages, however a significant part of the
> underlying work has been done (handling CFLAGS and LDFLAGS across every
> package based on C/C++).
do you think such a knob could be made and if so, how?

> > And more general: does NetBSD distribute binary builds? (Of what?)
> We do generate and provide binary builds, for both the base system and for
> packages.
> The official binaries for the base system are generally fine for everyone. I
> haven't used them in a long time myself, because I wanted PIE (for full
> ASLR) and REPRO. This is one of the reasons I started the EdgeBSD project,
> which is primarily about working on NetBSD with Git instead of CVS
> (https://www.edgebsd.org/).


> About packages now, I would say that many users still prefer to build their
> own. My opinion is that the default options are not really suitable for
> desktop use (no CUPS support for Gtk+ by default for instance) nor for
> servers (SSL/TLS disabled by default in random places). I keep trying to
> push for changes in this direction when I find the time and energy.

cool & good luck! :)

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