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Re: posix atime/ctime changes despite mtime being set

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: posix atime/ctime changes despite mtime being set
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2023 14:50:51 -0700
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This info is scattered around the tar manual and that it'd be helpful to have a single section telling people how to create reproducible tarballs, especially since the topic is so tricky. I installed the attached patch to try to do that. Further improvements welcome.

It should be easier to create a reproducible tarball. Perhaps we should add a "--reproducible" option? (Unfortunately it would need suboptions, as not everyone agrees what "reproducible" means. Plus, some things are out of tar's control, as can be seen in the attached....)

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