Re: Bug#397939: Lintian: outdated-autotools-helper-file
Bas Wijnen <email@example.com> writes:
> On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 04:02:41PM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
>> Note that libtool is an unusual case here and isn't the same as
>> Autoconf or Automake. The files included in the package (libtool.m4
>> and ltmain.sh) are not generated files in the same sense. Running
>> libtoolize basically just copies those files from the installed libtool
>> into the package.
> Oh, ok. That changes things a bit. In that case, not copying them, but
> using the included copy instead is similar to using an included version
> of a library instead of the package containing it. This is bad for
> security, but not a problem with respect to policy.
Given that the files are only used during the build process, it seems
fairly irrelevant to security to me. (Embedded copies of libltdl are a
different issue, but we already generally disable those.)
Russ Allbery (firstname.lastname@example.org) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>