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Mon Oct 27 10:15:31 PDT 2008
On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 7:57 AM, Gilles Espinasse <g.esp at free.fr> wrote:
> Instead to gunzip all .gz files, would it not better to submit patches that add
> -n when gzip run so the files in use will really be the same?
> I should say I have made some patches like that but have not reported because it
> was against old version and not current version of packages.
I suppose you could.
> And how do you handle binary files that include a building timestamp string
> (like libc and perl)?
> Normally, those packages always differ because of the time string include.
> I have made hack patches removing timestamps on libc, perl and a few other
> But I suspect my hack have no chance to be accepted upstream (maybe except the
> gzip -n changes).
Right. I was doing the same when I was doing ICA regularly. Something like
sed -i -e 's/__TIME__/"now"/' -e 's/__DATE__/"today"/'
But then you start introducing changes to programs just for your own
profiling. Usually, you just look at the textual diff and see if the
difference is just due to a date/timestamp. In farce, Ken had some
functions that would skip these stamps, but I don't recall how he
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