[rb-general] Add new randomness_in_perl6_precompiled_libraries toolchain issue.

Chris Lamb lamby at debian.org
Thu May 2 17:48:43 CEST 2019

[CC'ing on request & thanks for re-sending to the list]

Hi Stefan,

> "randomness_in_perl6_precompiled_libraries:
>   description:
>     Pretty sure Debian shouldn't be shipping these, just like .pyc files."
> Why should Debian not ship precompiled Perl 6 libraries? Isn't 
> the whole point of binary distributions like Debian to save the users from 
> having to wait for compilation to finish?

This was a stream-of-consciousness comment I added whilst I thought of
it. It does not in any way speak authoritatively for Debian, nor is it
even the opinion of the Reproducible Builds project. It was merely a
remark made "whilst I think of it."

In other words, please do not read too much into it — the important thing
I was achieving here is that the packages affected by this issue are
sematically tagged with "randomness_in_perl6_precompiled_libraries" for
visibility/stats etc. This is important so I can focus on the most
prominent issues.

Saying that, you are right as not shipping the precompiled files doesn't
necessary need to be the solution; I only mentioned Python .pyc files
because they vary between interpret versions and are thus dynamically
compiled, but that may not apply here — I simply do not know. I did not
investigate at the time because, again, I was in "categorisation mode"
and just commenting whilst I thought of it.

I'm happy to hear there is a solution incoming however so thank you
for sharing that. 

Best wishes,

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

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