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Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #84

Published: Dec 5, 2016.

What happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between Sunday November 27 and Saturday December 3 2016:

Reproducible work in other projects

Media coverage, etc.

  • There was a Reproducible Builds hackathon in Boston with contributions from Dafydd, Valerie, Clint, Harlen, Anders, Robbie and Ben. (See the “Bugs filed” section below for the results).

  • Distrowatch mentioned Webconverger’s reproducible status.

Bugs filed

Chris Lamb:

Clint Adams:

Dafydd Harries:

Daniel Shahaf:

Reiner Herrmann:

Valerie R Young:

Reviews of unreproducible packages

15 package reviews have been added, 4 have been updated and 26 have been removed in this week, adding to our knowledge about identified issues.

2 issue types have been added:

Weekly QA work

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

  • Chris Lamb (5)
  • Lucas Nussbaum (8)
  • Santiago Vila (1)

diffoscope development

Is is available now in Debian, Archlinux and on PyPI.

strip-nondeterminism development

  • At the Reproducible Builds Boston hackathon Anders Kaseorg filed #846895 treat .par files as Zip archives, including a patch which was merged into master.

reprotest development

  • Holger made a couple of changes:

    • Group all “done” and all “open” usertagged bugs together in the bugs graphs and move the “done bugs” from the bottom of these gaps.
    • Update list of packages installed on machines.
    • Made the maintenance jobs run every 2h instead of 3h.
    • Various bug fixes and minor improvements.
  • After thorough review by Mattia, some patches by Valerie were merged in preparation of the switch from sqlite to Postgresql, most notably a conversion to the sqlalchemy expression language.

  • Holger gave a talk at Profitbricks about how Debian is using 168 cores, 503 GB RAM and 5 TB storage to make and run. Many thanks to Profitbricks for supporting since August 2012!

  • Holger created a Jenkins job to build reprotest from git master branch.

  • Finally, the Jenkins Naginator plugin was installed to retry git cloning in case of Alioth/network failures, this will benefit all jobs using Git on


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

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