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bug #55955: stashing build options in binary breaks building reproducibly with -fdebug-prefix-map=

Submitter:  Mike Miller <mtmiller>
Submitted:  Tue 19 Mar 2019 05:33:34 PM UTC
Category:  Configuration and Build System Severity:  1 - Wish
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Feature Request
Status:  None Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  * Open
Release:  * dev Operating System:  * GNU/Linux
Fixed Release:  None Planned Release:  None
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Tue 19 Mar 2019 05:53:48 PM UTC, comment #1: 

I think other interpreted languages would have to solve this similarly.

I see that the Debian python package explicitly filters out the '-fdebug-prefix-map' option when stashing compiler flags


This is essentially the approach in my patch.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
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Tue 19 Mar 2019 05:33:34 PM UTC, original submission:  

I tried to build Octave reproducibly, using the GCC option '-fdebug-prefix-map=/path/to/build=.' to mangle the build directory embedded in the resulting object files. See https://reproducible-builds.org/docs/build-path/ for details.

However, because Octave conveniently stashes both the full configure command line and the individual CFLAGS, CXXFLAGS, etc, in liboctinterp, and the options in mkoctfile, the build directory becomes embedded in the resulting binary anyway.

I would like to avoid this chicken and egg problem somehow. If the user is intentionally building Octave with '-fdebug-prefix-map' (or with '-ffile-prefix-map' or '-fmacro-prefix-map'), then the entire point is to prevent having the string in that option from being embedded in the binary. But I also don't want to completely remove embedding the user's compiler options in the binary.

I have a proof of concept patch that filters only these particular options out of all of the affected user variables in the subst-config-vals.sh shell script only, attaching that here.

I will continue researching the best way to handle this, and maybe ask for advice from the reproducible builds team.

Mike Miller <mtmiller>
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2019-03-19 mtmiller Carbon-CopyRemoved 80942 -
2019-03-19 mtmiller Attached File- Added filter-fdebug-prefix-map-option.patch, #46583

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