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Re: Generated patches change over time

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Generated patches change over time
Date: Sat, 01 Dec 2018 22:37:38 +0100
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Maxim Cournoyer <address@hidden> skribis:

>>> address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
>>Lesson learned: we should not rely at all on generated patches because
>>they are bound to change frequently (version string at the end, length
>>of commit hash prefixes, etc.)  It’s probably worse than tarballs
>>generated by Git hosting services.
>>So we should probably work towards using local copies of patches,
>>we find that the generated patches do not include any variable bits.
> Maybe we could pass the patches through some sanitizer to strip any metadata? 
> I guess the content itself shouldn't change?

We can’t really do that, or the downloads would no longer be
fixed-output derivations and thus we wouldn’t be solving the problem.


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