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Re: [Help-tar] --deterministic option?

From: Jakob Bohm
Subject: Re: [Help-tar] --deterministic option?
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 19:43:09 +0200
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On 27/05/2015 18:53, Paul Eggert wrote:
Jakob Bohm wrote:
I would suggest (as a future feature) three
new determinism options:

These all sound like nice suggestions.  Getting back to the original
request, the biggest problem I see with it is the issue of file
timestamps. Unfortunately, --mtime=debian/changelog loses useful
information in the distribution.  Instead, I arrange for each
repository-controlled file to have its repository-controlled timestamp.
And I arrange to have each generated file's timestamp to equal that of
its newest dependency.  You can this sort of thing in the
set-timestamps.out rule of

I don't think this can be easily folded into 'tar', but at least 'tar'
should be able to do everything else you mention without munging

Agree, though I am not a tar maintainer, so lets hear what they have to say.


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