[rb-general] Clarification re SOURCE_BUILD_EPOCH and clamping

Ximin Luo infinity0 at debian.org
Mon Oct 23 17:50:00 CEST 2017

Holger Levsen:
> Hi,
> doh, I forgot to say what made me comment in the first place:
> I think the sentence '(This is sometimes called "timestamp clamping".)'
> shouldn't be enclosed in brackets, mostly because in general one should
> either not use brackets or not say it at all.
> As another point, its hardly "sometimes" if we call it that in the
> revision history.
> So I'd suggest to change this to:
>  Where build processes embed timestamps that are not "current", but are
>  nevertheless still specific to one execution of the build process, they
>  MUST use a timestamp no later than the value of this variable. This is
>  called "timestamp clamping".
> or maybe "this is often called…"

Done, I kept "often" in, thanks for the suggestion. Originally I was about halfway on omitting the brackets, but as you say, giving weight to it is good if we'll be amending the spec for it in the first place.


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