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Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #70

Published: Aug 28, 2016.

What happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between Sunday August 21 and Saturday August 27 2016:

GSoC and Outreachy updates

Packages reviewed and fixed, and bugs filed

Reviews of unreproducible packages

10 package reviews have been added and 6 have been updated this week, adding to our knowledge about identified issues.

A large number of issue types have been updated:

Weekly QA work

29 FTBFS bugs have been reported by:

  • Chris Lamb (27)
  • Daniel Stender (1)
  • Santiago Vila (1)

diffoscope development

Holger also created another test job for diffoscope on, so that now also all commits to branches other than master are being tested.

strip-nondeterminism development

strip-nondeterminism 0.023-1 was uploaded by Chris Lamb:

 * Support Android .apk files with the JAR normalizer.
 * handlers/ Drop unused Archive::Zip import
 * Remove hyphen from non-determinism and non-deterministic.
 * Match more styles of .properties and loosen filename matching.
 * Improve tests:
   - Make fixture runner generic to all normalizer types.
   - Replace (single) pearregistry test with a fixture.
   - Set a canonical time for fixture tests.
   - Add gzip testcase fixture.
   - Replace t/javadoc.t with fixture
   - Replace t/ar.t with a fixture.
   - t/javaproperties: move and tests to fixtures
   - t/fixtures.t: move to using subtests
   - t/fixtures.t: Explicitly test that we can find a normalizer
   - t/fixtures.t: Don't run normalizer if we didn't find one.

strip-nondeterminism 0.023-2 uploaded by Mattia Rizzolo to allow stderr in autopkgtest.

disorderfs development


  • Since we introduced build path variations for unstable and experimental last week, our IRC channel has been flooded with notifications about packages becoming unreproducible - and you might have noticed some of your packages having become unreproducible recently too. To make our IRC more bearable again, notifications for status changes on i386 and armhf have been disabled, so that now we only get notifications for status changes in unstable. (h01ger)
  • Link to jenkins documentation in every page (h01ger)
  • The “pre build” check, whether a node is up, now also detects if a node has a read-only filesystem, which sometimes happens on some broken armhf nodes. (h01ger)
  • To further improve monitoring of those armhf nodes Work to make them send mails (through an ISP which is blocking outgoing mails) has been started and should be finished next week. (h01ger)
  • As one of the armhf nodes (opi2a) is acting strange, a workaround has been added to make it’s deployment work despite that. (h01ger)
  • Collapse whitespace to avoid ugly “trailing underlines” in hyperlinks for diffoscope results and pkg sets (Chris Lamb)
  • Give details HTML elements “cursor: pointer” CSS property to highlight they are clickable. (Chris Lamb)
  • The db connection timeout has been raised to a minute when using SQLAlchemy too. (h01ger).

Somewhat related to reproducible builds there has been a first Debian jenkins team maintenance meeting on the #debian-qa IRC channel, to discuss current issues with the setup and to start the work of migrating to The next meeting will take place on September 28th 2016 at 19 UTC.


This week’s edition was written by Chris Lamb and Holger Levsen and reviewed by a bunch of Reproducible Builds folks on IRC.

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