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Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #204

Published: Mar 27, 2019.

Here’s what happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between Sunday March 17 and Saturday March 23 2019:

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diffoscope development

diffoscope is our in-depth “diff-on-steroids” utility which helps us diagnose reproducibility issues in packages. This week:

  • Chris Lamb:
    • Always warn if the tlsh module is not available (not just if a specific fuzziness threshold is specified) to match the epilog of the --help output. This prevents missing support for file rename detection. (#29)
    • Fix a number of tests when using GhostScript 9.20 vs 9.26 for Debian stable vs. the same distribution with the security/point release applied. []
  • Mattia Rizzolo:
    • Ignore the version mismatch detection when building backport. []
    • Make test_ps.test_text_diff pass with ghostscript 9.26. []
  • Milena Boselli Rosa:
    • Remove the type HTML attribute from style elements. []
    • Prevent empty values for the name attribute name on HTML anchor tags and add an id to its parent div container. []
    • Fix a Text run is not in Unicode Normalization Form C HTML validation warning. []
    • Fix a Table column x established by element ‘col’ has no cells beginning in it HTML validation error. []

Packages reviewed and fixed, and bugs filed

Test framework development

We operate a comprehensive Jenkins-based testing framework that powers This week, Mattia Rizzolo:

  • Fixed the dsa-check-running-kernel script after Ubuntu updated their packages. []
  • Do not blindly forward the jenkins@ emails, otherwise procmail cannot filter them (breaking our email2irc script). []
  • Gave Vagrant Cascadian root everywhere. []

This week’s edition was written by Bernhard M. Wiedemann, Chris Lamb, Holger Levsen, Mattia Rizzolo and Vagrant Cascadian & was reviewed by a bunch of Reproducible Builds folks on IRC & the mailing lists.

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