[Buildroot] [PATCH] fs/tar: explicitly set extended header values to ensure binary reproducibility

Atharva Lele itsatharva at gmail.com
Tue Jul 2 10:13:17 UTC 2019

Since we use --xattrs-include='*' to include all extended attributes,
tar creates a PAX formatted archive. The archive metadata captures atime
and ctime of files. To fix this, GNU recommends that we pass this added
argument to tar to create binary reproducible packages.

Diffoscope output pre-change: https://gitlab.com/snippets/1871111
Diffoscope output after change is blank i.e. binary reproducibile rootfs
is created.

GNU Recommendation: https://www.gnu.org/software/tar/manual/tar.html#SEC147

Signed-off-by: Atharva Lele <itsatharva at gmail.com>
 fs/tar/tar.mk | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/tar/tar.mk b/fs/tar/tar.mk
index 4c6327ace8..f6d11baa84 100644
--- a/fs/tar/tar.mk
+++ b/fs/tar/tar.mk
@@ -8,6 +8,10 @@ TAR_OPTS := $(call qstrip,$(BR2_TARGET_ROOTFS_TAR_OPTIONS))
+ifeq ($(BR2_REPRODUCIBLE),y)
+TAR_OPTS += --pax-option=exthdr.name=%d/PaxHeaders/%f,atime:=0,ctime:=0
 	(cd $(TARGET_DIR); find -print0 | LC_ALL=C sort -z | \
 		tar $(TAR_OPTS) -cf $@ --null --xattrs-include='*' --no-recursion -T - --numeric-owner)

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