svn revision in uname

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Tue Dec 18 22:14:10 UTC 2012

David Demelier <demelier.david at> writes:

> 2012/12/15 Lowell Gilbert <freebsd-questions-local at>
>> "Anders N." <wicked at> writes:
>> > Hi. I've noticed in my "uname -a" on 9.1-RELEASE there is "r243826."
>> > This is on a system that upgraded from 9.1-RC3 using freebsd-update
>> > (binary). On another system, upgraded from 9.0-RELEASE via
>> > freebsd-update (source), there is nothing at all and uname -a looks
>> > normal. Two other people I asked have r243825 (installed from ISO) and
>> > r243872 (upgraded from svn).
>> >
>> > They're all 9.1-RELEASE, shouldn't they be the same, final version?
>> As I understand it, the revision ID refers to the whole repository, not
>> just a branch. So if you do your own svn checkout tomorrow, you'll get
>> yet another revision number, even though the files will (probably) be
>> completely identical to what you checked out yesterday -- ongoing
>> commits to HEAD will keep kicking the revision number up.
>> There is work going on to make system builds completely, bit-for-bit,
>> repeatable, but that will presumably mean getting rid of this revision
>> number information, not making it consistent.

> I hope it will be removed soon, it pollutes the uname -a output.

It's easy enough to add a stage in the kernel build to remove it if you
don't like it, but in most source-update environments it's a very
valuable piece of information. Even if a reproduceable-build
infrastructure is put in place, it would have to be optional because
this information is necessary in heterogeneous environments. I don't
know that anyone's working on it the moment -- I *thought* I'd read
something about it recently, but I can't find any reference to such an
effort this year.

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