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Re: Building packages with exact binary matches

Martin Uecker <muecker@gmx.de> writes:

> If policy would require the exact reproducability of binaries, then
> it would be a policy violation.

You seem to be suggesting that policy should require this *before* it
becomes common practice. That's not generally how policy is crafted:
Debian policy generally does not prescribe packaging practice, but
rather describes it.

If some practice is a good idea, the way to see it become policy is to
motivate other packagers to follow that practice, until it is common
enough that it is not onerous to describe it as packaging policy that
should always be followed.

Debian policy isn't a stick to beat others with; it's a formal
description of packaging practice that is believed to be good
independent of being written down in policy.

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Ben Finney

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