[rb-general] Reproducible Java builds with Maven

Chris Lamb lamby at debian.org
Thu Dec 6 14:47:01 CET 2018

Dear Arnout,

> One thing to decide on would be what kind of file format to use.
> rfc822 is a bit foreign outside of Debian. I have no particular love
> for XML, JSON or YAML, to be quite honest.

Given that you are going to have to encode some Java/Maven-specific
data into this format *anyway* there does not seem to be any reason to
not use the standard, extensively-used and well-known format for the
platform in question; hence I would go with .properties.

My personal belief is that a single buildinfo format/layout is a
quixotic or somewhat-doomed effort and will result in too many
practical compromises…  but I do grant it is indeed very enjoyable to
haggle over file formats. :)

Best wishes,

     : :'  :     Chris Lamb
     `. `'`      lamby at debian.org / chris-lamb.co.uk

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