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Re: release checksum issue related to xdelta file, how to check .sig fil


From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: release checksum issue related to xdelta file, how to check .sig files (was: Emacs 22.2 released)
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 22:12:44 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110006 (No Gnus v0.6) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)

Joe Wells <address@hidden> writes:

>>>>>> "Chong" == Chong Yidong <address@hidden> writes:
>
>   Chong> GNU Emacs 22.2 has been released, and is now available at
>   Chong> ftp.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/ and the GNU FTP mirrors (see
>   Chong> http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html).
>
>   Chong> The MD5 check-sum is the following:
>
>   Chong>   d6ee586b8752351334ebf072904c4d51  emacs-22.2.tar.gz
>
> When using the emacs-22.1-22.2.xdelta patch to build emacs-22.2.tar.gz
> from emacs-22.1.tar.gz, I get a *different* emacs-22.2.tar.gz file,
> because it has been compressed differently.  (The contents are the same,
> as revealed by "gunzip -c emacs-22.2.tar.gz | md5sum".)  This causes two
> problems:
>
> 1. The above checksum can not be used to verify the generated file.

The xdelta contains the checksum of the unpressed contents, which is
used for verification.  You can verify the authenticity of the xdelta
with the provided signature.

> 2. The emacs-22.2.tar.gz generated by xdelta will presumably not be usable
>    as the basis for the next release.

The xdelta is based on the uncompressed contents.  The next xdelta will
also be based on the uncompressed contents which you have verified as
identical to the distributed file.

> I'm not sure what the solution to this is.  It is important that the
> .tar.gz file generated by xdelta is the same as the .tar.gz file
> distributed by FTP, or there will be problems.

I see no problem here.

Andreas.

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