[tex-k] Reproducible builds using pdftex

Alexis Bienvenüe pado at passoire.fr
Wed May 4 09:04:44 CEST 2016

Le 03/05/2016 23:46, Karl Berry a écrit :
>     Producing the document in a version that corresponds to the author's
>     wish for the date the sources were last modified 
> But that is not the author's wish, in theory.  If they use \today, by
> definition they meant *today*, the day the document is being processed.

I agree with the theory.

> I certainly agree that most (though not all) authors using \today intend
> "date of last source modification".  But then they should not use
> \today.  \today means today.  That is what we are subverting with these
> envvars.  This is why I think it should be considered a document bug and
> (ha ha) in the fullness of time (sometime after the heat death of the
> universe, no doubt) be eradicated.  -k

Thank you for considering adding this bug. Without this bug, we would
have to get every \today replaced from every document source to get
reproducible builds. I prefer to delay this.

Alexis Bienvenüe.

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