[PATCH 00/34] Make kernel build deterministic

Artem Bityutskiy dedekind1 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 15:24:07 EDT 2011

On Tue, 2011-04-05 at 08:49 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 05, 2011 at 04:58:47PM +0200, Michal Marek wrote:
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > this series makes it possible to build bit-identical kernel image and
> > modules from identical sources. Of course the build is already
> > deterministic in terms of behavior of the code, but the various
> > timestamps embedded in the object files make it hard to compare two
> > builds, for instance to verify that a makefile cleanup didn't
> > accidentally change something. A prime example is /proc/config.gz, which
> > has both a timestamp in the gzip header and a timestamp in the payload
> > data. With this series applied, a script like this will produce
> > identical kernels each time:
> Very nice stuff.  Do you want to take the individual patches through one
> of your trees, or do you mind if the subsystem maintainers take them
> through theirs?

But unfortunately, it is very easy to break this and for sure it'll be
broken very soon.

So additionally, I'd suggest:
1. Instrument checkpatch.pl and make it err or warn on timestamps.
2. Probably instrument linux-next to rise a warning when people break

Best Regards,
Artem Bityutskiy (Битюцкий Артём)

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