[linux-elitists] Surveillance

Marc MERLIN marc at merlins.org
Sat Sep 7 22:03:01 PDT 2013

On Sat, Sep 07, 2013 at 08:00:04PM -0700, Seth David Schoen wrote:
> Marc MERLIN writes:
> > On Sat, Sep 07, 2013 at 06:59:48PM -0700, Don Marti wrote:
> >
> > > Can you build on localhost and have it come out
> > > identical to what comes down from the build farm?
> > 
> > Yes.
> Do you think you could help distributors help other users achieve the
> same result?  That's awesome.

There is no magic involved, it's just time consuming and virtually no
companies have staff they are willing to spend on it.
Also, that's a server distribution with fewer than 200 packages.

My laptop:
gandalfthegreat:~$ dpkg --list | wc -l

server #1:
magic:~$ dpkg --list | wc -l

server #2:
gargamel:~# dpkg --list | wc -l        

You get the point, it's time consuming, especially if you're checking /
stripping each package first, including fixing parts that make the package
non invariant on rebuilds.

We also had a package diff-er that accounted for zipped man pages, pyc files, 
and other files that changed each time you rebuilt them.
But really, not rocket science.

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