On 07.02.2012 18:07, Joey Hess wrote: > Neil Williams wrote: >> I'd like to ask for some help with a bug which is tripping up my tests >> with the multiarch-aware dpkg from experimental - #647522 - >> non-deterministic behaviour of gzip -9n. > > pristine-tar hat tricks aside, none of gzip, bzip2, xz are required > to always produce the same compressed file for a given input file, and I > can tell you from experience that there is a wide amount of variation. If > multiarch requires this, then its design is at worst broken, and at > best, there will be a lot of coordination pain every time there is a > new/different version of any of these that happens to compress slightly > differently. This seems to be a rather common problem as evindenced by e.g. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/clutter-1.0/+bug/901522 https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libtasn1-3/+bug/889303 https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/oneiric/+source/pam/+bug/871083 In Ubuntu they started to work-around that by excluding random files from being compressed. So far I refused to add those hacks to the Debian package as this needs to be addressed properly. Michael -- Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?
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