[Slackbuilds-users] Jansson SlackBuild uses unofficial mirror

Eugen Wissner belka at caraus.de
Sun May 2 16:28:01 UTC 2021

And other people avoid sites that may regenerate tarballs like GitHub,
because GitHub changed the md5 sums in the past and it broke a lot of
.info files.

On Sun, May 02, 2021 at 12:08:19PM -0400, B Watson wrote:
> On 5/2/21, Slack Coder <slackcoder at server.ky> wrote:
> >
> > From what I understand, the md5 hash is used to check whether file has
> > been changed by the author and not for security purposes.  Therefore
> > shouldn't the official source be used when its available?
> What happens a lot of the time: the original download link becomes
> unreachable for some reason. So someone (the script maintainer, or
> an SBo admin) finds a working link and updates the .info file. Then
> later on, the original link starts working again, but nobody changes
> the .info file back. This happens because of the "If it ain't broke,
> don't fix it" principle.
> Ideally, the script maintainer would check the official site when he
> does a version update. This doesn't always happen: sometimes he just
> edits the URL and changes the version number. So long as the new URL
> works, nobody's going to notice or care that it's not the official
> download site.
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