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[bug#35511] [PATCH 0/1] Add configure flag to emacs to improve repoducib

From: ng0
Subject: [bug#35511] [PATCH 0/1] Add configure flag to emacs to improve repoducibility
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 16:53:37 +0000

wednesday transcribed 853 bytes:
> This patch adds the --disable-build-details configure-flag to the emacs 
> package.
> By default the emacs binary stores some information about how it was build, as
> stated here:
> "By default the dumped emacs executable records details such as the build 
> time and host name. Use the --disable-build-details option of configure to 
> suppress these details, so that building and installing Emacs twice from the 
> same sources is more likely to result in identical copies of Emacs."
> There is also this mailing list post about emacs repoducibility:

This email states:
# The configuration option --disable-build-details can be used to omit some 
information, such as build host name, which make the build not reproducible 
across machines.

There is either a typo (not reproducible -> reproducible?) or this should not 
be used.

searching in the tip of emacs, because they are really vague about the option
gives away more details:

 /* Set system-name to nil so that the build is deterministic.  */

Then there's some more info in related commits, such as setting build time
to nil.

If we have nil instead of the time of our environment, this won't really add
any value.
When the time is epoch+1 or similar anyway, recording it does no harm.

Furthermore we reset the system name to localhost (at least when guix still
follows nix in that regard), so we end up with "localhost" in the build
recorded somewhere.

This, and some follow-up commits which fixed errors related to this, is 
I can find on the details.

I'm not even sure if this makes sense in PMs where your environment does not 
to being reset and readjusted in a chroot, as you can still have chrooted 
builds for batch building, and then you end up with this mixture (I was about to
apply this for pkgsrc until I went and read into the code).

Imo there's no need for this switch in guix.
> wednesday (1):
>   gnu: emacs: Make build more reproducible
>  gnu/packages/emacs.scm | 3 ++-
>  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> -- 
> 2.21.0

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