Re: dpkg 220.127.116.11.1 bug
Anders Hammarquist (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote on 24 May 1998 18:20:
>I looked a bit at the code for dpkg, and does indeed do it wrong.
>Unfortunately, just patching it to do lchown instead of chown will fail
>(at least on i386/2.0.x). I'd consider this a bug in libc.
Not necessarily. The kernel behaviour changed in an important way, and
it's up to the applications to deal with it. If it fails on x86/2.0.x
but doesn't on x86/2.1.x, x>90, it's an application bug.
What I don't understand is why it doesn't fail on x86/2.1.102. Does
dpkg behave differently on x86? Maybe libc has been hacked for
"compatibility" on x86, and in this case the hack must be removed...
>Anyway, dpkg needs to call lchown() instead of chown() since that is really
>what it wants to do. libc should be fixed to call chown() for
>lchown() iff lchown() fails with ENOSYS. The interim fix is probably
>to have dpkg call chown() iff lchown() fail with ENOSYS.
I think this is too much of a kludgge. I'd rather the application
check the kernel version, period. Anyway, this is up to the
maintainers. They will have to cope with the kludge later...
>Who wants to file the bug reports?
I've already done it, it's bug#22748. I'll forward your contributions
to the bug system.
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