Subject: toolchain/17703: [dM] source tree timestamps matter
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From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 07/24/2002 14:52:25
>Number:         17703
>Category:       toolchain
>Synopsis:       [dM] source tree timestamps matter
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    toolchain-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Jul 24 06:03:00 PDT 2002
>Originator:     der Mouse
>Release:        NetBSD 1.6D
System: NetBSD 1.6D NetBSD 1.6D (GENERIC) #0: Mon Jul 22 11:31:50 CEST 2002 sparc64
Architecture: sparc64
Machine: sparc64
	Also reported on i386 (see PR 17668).
	In at least two and possibly more places, a build fails if
	certain files' timestamps are out of order with respect to one
	another.  Specifically: (a) in /usr/src/gnu/dist/toolchain/gcc,
	if c-parse.gperf is newer than c-gperf.h, a build attempt tries
	to run gperf; (b) in /usr/src/gnu/dist/toolchain/libstdc++, if is newer than valarray, a build attempt tries to
	compile the former onto the latter (which attempt failed for
	me, fortunately, because it uses some include files that
	haven't yet been installed at that point - if the include files
	had been installed, I conjecture it would have installed an
	executable under $DESTDIR/usr/include/).

	Given that source trees' timestamps don't conceptually matter
	(only the contents), and that we don't and can't control all
	the tools that copy them around, ISTM that the build procedures
	need to be fixed such that they work regardless of the mtimes
	on the source tree (though I would find it acceptable to
	require that they all be in the past).
	touch /usr/src/gnu/dist/toolchain/gcc/c-parse.gperf
	try to do a build
	touch /usr/src/gnu/dist/toolchain/libstdc++/
	try to do a build

	Probably other possibilities too; I'm sure I haven't found them
	Unknown.  I will be happy to write a small program to randomize
	the timestamps in a directory hierarchy, to help find further
	such bugs, if anyone cares.

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 	sparc64 snapshot 20020526-1.6A; see also PR 17668.