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Re: Summary: dpkg shared / reference counted files and version match

Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@debian.org> writes:

> On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 05:35:19PM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
>> We need a guarantee that gzip will always produce the same output, which
>> we already know isn't the case and which doesn't look sustainable going
>> forward.
> My understanding of #647522 is different. There is a patch (by Cyril)
> and upstream (Paul Eggert) is looking into it. With interest, AFAICT.
> That is a bug and ought to be fixed in its own right. Then, the
> discussion of how much we should rely on it or not is a different one,
> but it's good to separate the concerns.
> Cheers.

We also need to make sure that we will always have a gzip that can
reproduce the current output. Otherwise pristine-tar will break down and
that will be a big blow for many many version control repositories.


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