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Re: Encoding the name in the file contents

Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net> wrote:
> Scripsit Walter Landry <wlandry@ucsd.edu>
> > What if this md5sum were computed using TeX?  Assuming reasonable
> > performance, would that be a solution?
> Not really, I think - for where would the checksums to compare with
> come from? They couldn't all be embedded in the kernel since the
> kernel and the third-party packages whose integrity is (also) at issue
> have asynchronous release cycles.

The kernel has checksums for the packages that it calls.  Those
packages have checksums for the packages that it calls (if it so
desires).  So if someone down at the bottom of the pyramid changes
something, then it doesn't get integrated until that change has
percolated up to the top.  Isn't this stability what the LaTeX people
want?  They put their stamp on a set of packages and call it good.

Walter Landry

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