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

Holger Levsen holger at layer-acht.org
Thu Oct 25 23:27:08 CEST 2018

On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 04:51:54PM -0400, Chris Lamb wrote:
> > > For "reproducible installation images", TAILS has shown this can be done
> > > today. Someone "just" needs to check the debian images and adopt the
> > > changes done in TAILS.
> > 
> > Sounds like no one has taken on that work, which is surprising.
> May I gently steer your towards our weekly reports as I mentioned
> previously?
I'm not sure how anyone should follow this advice. I mean, even if we
had a tag cloud like we used to have, how would one find the bits you
are referring too? (the tag cloud would have "tails" and "debian" but
how to find the posts about "reproducible installation images"?

Chris, you were the one doing the work in TAILS, so to you this is
obvious, but less so for the rest of us.

I'll defer the question about reproducible debian images for a while,
but I think I'll be too lazy to do research in the blog myself and just
ask. (Or maybe test if I dont get an answer). But I do think we should
have a (better) highlevel summary, at at least for Debian, but not only.

> A lot of these general questions regarding what is or has been
> worked on are either explicitly or implicitly answered there,
> including the status of my work on debian-installer images.

true, but still, its a hercules task to read all the recent blog posts
to get an update on a particular topic.
https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds/ OTOH gives a much nicer
overwiew than "read the blog".

> I would agree and concede that improving top-level summaries and
> overviews of the various sub-tasks would be of some benefit and
> interest to people but alas it's just further down the priority
> list of items to work on.
we all have different priorities :)


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