[rb-general] buildinfo filename convention

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Thu Aug 9 19:15:50 CEST 2018

On 8/9/18 1:11 PM, Arnout Engelen wrote:
> Hi,
> We currently provide some conflicting advice on .buildinfo filename conventions.
> Let's consider as an example an architecture-independent package
> called 'foo' of which version 0.1.2 was built on machine 'yinka'.
> This buildinfo file could be called:
> - foo_0.1.2_yinka-1533833907.buildinfo (following
> https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds/BuildinfoFiles,
> '${SOURCE}_${DEBIAN_VERSION}_${STRING}.buildinfo')
> - foo_all_0.1.2.buildinfo (following the text on https://buildinfo.debian.net/)
> - foo_0.1.2_all.buildinfo (following the actual uploads on
> https://buildinfo.debian.net/)
> One of the reasons to share .buildinfo files is to check whether
> different builds produced the same result. For that reason it might be
> convenient to allow files to be named such that buildinfo files for
> different builds of the same package can be put in 1 directory, by
> choosing different filenames for different builds.
> For convenience we could stay as close to the actual code and suggest
> as convention:
> ... where the '_${STRING}' part is allowed to disambiguate different
> uploads, but is optional.
> This way 'foo_0.1.2_all.buildinfo' and
> 'foo_0.1.2_all_yinka-1533833907.buildinfo' would both be acceptable
> filenames.
> Any thoughts? If no-one has objections I'll update the wiki and the
> text at https://buildinfo.debian.net/ to consistently recommend this
> convention.

I'm curious what your opinion is on how Arch Linux implemented this. We
tar up the .BUILDINFO file inside the package archive.

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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