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SubjectRe: tarball/patch signature files
On 10/25/2011 06:31 AM, Kyle Moffett wrote:
> Unfortunately, while there are "pristine-gz" and "pristine-bz2" tools,
> there has not yet been developed a "pristine-xz" tool:
> So it's not yet reasonably possible for the archive, but
> sometime in the future it might become so.

There are a lot of strong reasons to NOT do so, however.

Any time we have something signed by a developer, we have something that
is precious and cannot be replicated by staff.

Any time we have something signed by a robot, we have something that
people *will* misinterpret as having security properties that they don't
-- this has unfortunately been amply shown.

Compression formats evolve over time; right now we're concerned with gz,
bz2, and xz, but xz is brand new here and there may very well be new
things in the future.

It would be a very good thing for people to develop tools to run
compressors and decompressors in locked-down boxes. It should be
possible to run these kinds of programs without access to either network
or filesystem; only read from stdin and out on stdout (and presumably
stderr for errors.) This would solve problems for much more than just


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