Problem with distfile, how to proceed?

Rainer Müller raimue at
Wed Jan 5 04:07:31 PST 2011

On 2011-01-05 03:06 , Ryan Schmidt wrote:
> The problem here was I think that you were using a
> BitBucket-generated distfile, and they did not keep the distfile
> around anywhere; they re-generated it later, after you had already
> recorded its checksums into the portfile. I recall there was at least
> one other DVCS site that was doing something similar, which made it
> unsuitable for use as a MacPorts master_sites location.

Yes, the same problem appeared with github in the past for the MacVim port.

The issue was that the tar format contains the access times of the files
which changes as soon as you generate the tarball. Therefore the result
will be different each time you download this as each download triggered
creation of a new tarball. As an alternative I am now using zip files as
they do not contain access times.

Recently someone reported that the original problem with tar was gone.
Actually, I got the same checksum for multiple tries now. But I am not
sure if they just cache the file for a limited time period, so I am
sticking with zip format for now.


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