[SeaBIOS] [PATCH] build: remove hardcoded timestamp

Kevin O'Connor kevin at koconnor.net
Tue Feb 3 16:58:21 CET 2015

On Tue, Feb 03, 2015 at 01:23:53PM +0100, Olaf Hering wrote:
> The timestamp and hostname carries no value for the default build. If
> its really required in special environment, or if someone is emotionally
> attached to such strings, it is is handled by existing logic a few lines
> above: provide your own .version file
> Once this patch is applied it is possible to get reproducible builds of
> Xens hvmloader.

I've found the version information to be quite helpful when we get
trouble reports - it helps indicate what was being run and who built
the code (eg, distribution or local).  During development cycles, it
helps verify that test runs are executed with the expected code.

What breaks if the version changes?

It should be possible to force a static version with "make
VERSION='xyz'", but I'd ask that that not be done for production
builds as it makes handling trouble reports harder.


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