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bug#17150: Stale bootstrap/*/guile-2.0.9.tar.xz files are not detected

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#17150: Stale bootstrap/*/guile-2.0.9.tar.xz files are not detected
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:50:08 +0200
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Mark H Weaver <address@hidden> skribis:

> address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
>> Mark H Weaver <address@hidden> skribis:
>>> I just realized that my x86_64 and Loongson 3A systems have spent an
>>> enormous amount of time building the new guix master branch based on
>>> outdated bootstrap/*/guile-2.0.9.tar.xz.
>>> The issue is that if you simply "git pull" from a build directory with
>>> older versions of bootstrap/*/guile-2.0.9.tar.xz, although the various
>>> places where the hashes are stored are updated, those new hashes are
>>> never checked against the existing files.  Therefore, you can proceed to
>>> build an entire system based on an outdated bootstrap guile, and with
>>> hashes that don't match what's on hydra and what other people are
>>> building.
>> Right, ‘guix pull’ doesn’t survive updates of the bootstrap Guile
>> tarballs, because it doesn’t try to download it (see ‘build-guix’ in
>> guix/build/pull.scm.)  That’s rare in practice, but still a serious
>> limitation as you note.  :-/
> Hmm, yes, I suppose that "guix pull" is more relevant for typical users,
> but actually that's not what I was talking about above.  I was talking
> about "git pull" followed by "make".

Ah, sorry!  Ah yes, I see what the problem is.  Only
build-aux/download.scm checks the hash, so indeed, if the file is stale
or modified later, Guix doesn’t notice.

Perhaps we should add a ‘check-hash’ rule or something in the makefile,
that automatically triggers before installation or something?


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