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Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #117

Published: Jul 25, 2017.

Here’s what happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between Sunday July 16 and Saturday July 22 2017:

Toolchain development

Bernhard M. Wiedemann wrote a tool to automatically run through different sources of non-determinism, and report which of these caused unreproducibility.

Dan Kegel’s patches to fpm were merged.

Bugs filed

Patches submitted upstream:

Patches filed in Debian:

Reviews of unreproducible packages

73 package reviews have been added, 44 have been updated and 50 have been removed in this week, adding to our knowledge about identified issues.

No issue types were updated.

Weekly QA work

During our reproducibility testing, FTBFS bugs have been detected and reported by:

  • Adrian Bunk (106)
  • Daniel Stender (1)
  • Drew Parsons (1)
  • Félix Sipma (1)
  • Lucas Nussbaum (25)

diffoscope development

  • Juliana Rodrigues:
    • Add new XML comparator. (Closes: #866120)
  • Guangyuan Yang:
    • Fix 2 cases in test_device on FreeBSD
  • Chris Lamb:
    • comparators.xml: Fix EPUB “missing file” tests; they ship a META-INF/container.xml file.
    • comparators.sqlite: Simplify file detection in Sqlite3Database.RE_FILE_TYPE
    • Style and attribution fixes to XML comparator and
  • Ximin Luo:
    • main, logging: restore old logger settings to avoid pytest vomiting in certain situations
    • comparators/directory: Fix #868534 by expecting less strict test output

reprotest development

  • Ximin Luo:
    • Use autopkgtest upstream paths, makes things easier to import
    • Add script for importing autopkgtest code, and import autopkgtest 4.4

Ximin also restarted the discussion with autopkgtest-devel about code reuse for reprotest.

Santiago Torres began a series of patches to make reprotest more distro-agnostic, with the aim of making it usable on Arch Linux. Ximin reviewed these patches.


This week’s edition was written by Ximin Luo, Bernhard M. Wiedemann and Chris Lamb & reviewed by a bunch of Reproducible Builds folks on IRC & the mailing lists.

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