[rb-general] Debian buster, 54% reproducible in practice (Re: Core Debian reproducibility: 57% and rising!)

Daniel Shahaf danielsh at apache.org
Sat Mar 2 12:47:44 CET 2019

Vagrant Cascadian wrote on Sat, 02 Mar 2019 01:11 +00:00:
> On 2019-03-01, Daniel Shahaf wrote:
> > David A. Wheeler wrote on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 23:01 +00:00:
> >> The *majority* (54%) of packages in real-world Debian Buster are now 
> >> reproducible!!
> >
> > (Just to be clear, that's the figure for binary packages. I don't know
> > if the figure for source packages is higher or lower.)
> Certainly lower; there are a number of source packages which produce
> several binary packages, of which only some of the binary packages have
> reproducibilitiy issues. For example, there are issues with some of the
> toolchains used to produce PDF documentation that only effect packages
> that ship PDFs.
> So if you're measuring from source packages, any of the produced binary
> packages could make the whole source package "unreproducible".

Yes, but the reverse is also true: if there are source packages that
produce one binary package which is reproducible, and source packages
which produce multiple unreproducible binary packages, the figure for
source packages could be higher than for binary packages.  In any case,
I didn't mean to dive into this rabbit hole; I only intended to clarify
David's statement for the press lurkers. :-)

> All that aside, it's still really great work, and a useful comparison!
> Thanks for taking an off-the-cuff idea and turning it into something
> more comprehensive, Holger! :)

Kudos :) 



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