[tbb-bugs] #19528 [Applications/Tor Browser]: The build id stays the same with every Firefox update

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#19528: The build id stays the same with every Firefox update
 Reporter:  gk                                |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                            |         Status:
                                              |  needs_revision
 Priority:  Medium                            |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser          |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                            |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  tbb-gitian, TorBrowserTeam201608  |  Actual Points:
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Comment (by boklm):

 Replying to [comment:21 gk]:
 > I think we should care about getting a valid date out of it (at least it
 can't hurt). What I do not understand is the need for hard-coding the
 oldest supported ESR version. Why can't we extract a version from the
 parameter the script get passed anyway (in fact the major ESR version does
 already get extracted)? It seems to me there always will be times where
 the alphas and the stable series share build ids which does not seem to be
 bad to me. So, what is your motivation for hard-coding that number?

 Maybe the "oldest support ESR version" name is confusing. It is just a
 number that we subtract to the major ESR version to make it less than 30
 (I was wrong in my previous comment, the major ESR version is not used as
 the month but as day of the month). We don't want this number to be based
 on the current version, because for instance when we release a version
 based on ESR 52, we still want to continue subtracting 45 so that the
 buildid for ESR 52 releases is bigger than for ESR 45 releases.

 For ESR 45 releases, the buildid will start with 20160101 or 20170101 (for
 the releases made in 2017). The ESR 52 releases made in 2017 will have a
 buildid starting with 20170108. In 2018 we will change $oldest_esr to 52
 and ESR 52 releases will have a buildid starting with 20180101, ESR 59
 releases a buildid starting with 20180108.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/19528#comment:23>
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