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Watermarking checkouts

From: John Tyler <john_tyler_8922_at_yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-08-19 19:15:10 CEST

We have a desire/requirement:

- to be able to determine which checkout a particular
binary was built from

- that this occur without the knowledge of the user
who did the checkout

- that any changes required to make this occur be
server-side, not client-side

Clearly such a mechanism is going to be fragile; a
user who has worked out that such a mechanism is in
use is probably going to be able to find the change
and undo it (or at least mangle it to frustrate
correct identification). Its intended use is solely to
increase the odds of being able to catch out a user
who has disclosed confidential information (sourcecode
to unpublished software in this case), should this

I suspect that this request will cut against the grain
for many developers, open-source or otherwise, and
apologise for any offense that the it causes.
Nonetheless, the situation that we are in is what it
is, any assistance is appreciated.

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