faketime breaks quilt patched file times in Debian

Roland Rosenfeld roland at spinnaker.de
Sun May 1 16:39:12 UTC 2022

Hi Holger!

On So, 01 Mai 2022, Holger Levsen wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 03:53:13PM +0200, Roland Rosenfeld wrote:
> > [tl;dr faketime results on broken file timestamps for quilt patched
> > files on salsa]

> which is one of several reasons why (in 2014 or so) we choose not to
> use faketime to achieve reproducible-builds.

Thanks for the information, I wasn't aware this (the man page mentions
problems with faketime, but not in the combination with quilt patched
files) and only wondered, why some of my packages started randomly
failing in salsa-ci in March.

> > Today I tracked this down to faketime being used in Salsa CI
> > reprotest in combination with quilt modifying the file.

> why is salsa CI using faketime in the first place?

No idea, I'm only a user of Salsa CI, but I'll open an issue there to
ask them to undo the change they introduced around the beginning of
March until the root cause of this is fixed.

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