Removing build metadata, for reproducible kernel builds

Ed Maste emaste at
Wed Dec 2 17:37:12 UTC 2015

The main issue currently preventing kernel builds from being
reproducible[1] is the build metadata itself that's included (time,
user, host, build path). In order to make the kernel build
reproducible I plan to remove these by default, and add a src.conf
knob to enable them for developers who want them in their own builds.

The user-facing effect of this is that the kern.version sysctl no
longer conveys this information, and uname -a changes from something

FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT #0
r288681: Mon Oct  5 01:40:11 UTC 2015
peter at  amd64

to something like:

FreeBSD feynman 10.2-STABLE FreeBSD 10.2-STABLE #44
r288174+7644546(stable-10) amd64

The current version of the change is available for review at

[1] See for more information on the
reproducible builds project.

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