[rb-general] Core Debian reproducibility: how close?

David A. Wheeler dwheeler at dwheeler.com
Thu Oct 25 04:42:08 CEST 2018

On Wed, 24 Oct 2018 22:26:12 -0400, Chris Lamb <lamby at debian.org> wrote:
> David,
> > If there's an estimated time of arrival that'd be awesome... is
> > there one?
> As I am sure you are aware Debian doesn't, generally speaking, work
> on that sort of timeline basis. "As soon as possible", "yesterday",
> "when it's ready", etc. etc.

That was the answer I was *expecting*, just not the one I was *hoping* for :-).

> > Also, one of those items looks more like a "future nice to have"
> > than something necessary to counter subverted binaries
> Sounds about right; fancy updating the wiki to match? Thanks.

Done.  I modified "Big outstanding issues" by moving several items to a new section
"Nice to have".  If it's not right, please fix away!!
> > It might be better to primarily focus efforts on getting the reproducible
> > builds for the core packages actually used by people.  Perhaps that's
> > already happening, it's not clear to me just from following the mailing
> > list.
> That is mostly what is happening; the weekly reports might be a
> better reflection of this quotidian work rather than the mailing
> list which will by-and-large just handle the exceptional cases.


My email may have come off harshly, and I didn't mean it that way.
I'm a big fan of the reproducible build effort.  My concern is that
there is a real need for reproducible builds to get to users... the sooner, the better!

--- David A. Wheeler

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