[SeaBIOS] [PATCH] build: remove hardcoded timestamp

Peter Stuge peter at stuge.se
Tue Feb 3 19:22:49 CET 2015

Kevin O'Connor wrote:
> > > What breaks if the version changes?
> > 
> > Reproducible builds; allowing to create a consensus that a particular
> > binary is indeed the correct binary for a particular source code.
> That is useful.  A solution for stabilizing gcc/binutils output would
> also need to be found though, and that's a much harder problem.

Do you mean code generation? Reproducible builds are created using
the same particular compiler version everywhere. I recommend this
presentation for more information:


For direct video download links:

> > > 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.
> > 
> > I would recommend to use `git describe --tags --dirty` output, which
> > tells if there are any local modifications.
> "git describe" is already there - see my recent email to Ian.

It's important that there's nothing additional in the string that
changes depending on transient things outside of the source code.
I.e. it needs to be nothing but describe output, and I think it
would be nice if it were the default, so as to support reproducible
builds out of the box.


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