[Distutils] reproducible builds

Matthias Bussonnier bussonniermatthias at gmail.com
Fri Mar 17 13:33:37 EDT 2017

On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 10:19 AM, Robin Becker <robin at reportlab.com> wrote:
> An issue has been raised for reportlab to support a specific environment
> variable namely SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH. The intent is that we should get our time
> from this variable rather than time.localtime(time.time()) so that produced
> documents are more invariant.
> First off is this a reasonable request? The variable is defined by debian
> here https://reproducible-builds.org/specs/source-date-epoch/
> What happens if other distros decide not to use this environment variable?
> Do I really want distro specific code in the package?

For what it is worth, it seem like it will make its way into CPython as well:

And IFAICT, this env variable naming is already more than just debian.


> In addition we already have our own mechanism for making the produced
> documents
> invariant although it might require an extension to support externally
> specified date & time as in the debian variable.
> In short where does the distro responsibility and package maintainers
> boundary need to be?
> --
> Robin Becker
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