Re: nodejs package issues
CCing the list since others might like to see where we are at on
On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 03:43:02AM -0600, Bob Tracy wrote:
> The list of held packages was once again starting to get uncomfortably
> long, so I took a dive into the swamp to see what was gumming up the
> works. There's a new (?) dependency in the various "plasma-*" packages
> on "nodejs", and attempting to build "nodejs-4.7.2~dfsg" uncovered a few
OK, I hadn't seen that because been working on kernel and
binutils/glibc bugs. If you build your own kernel make sure you
revert commit 6cd9dc3e75078ef646076fa63adfb9b85ced0b66, as it leads
to random segfaults in user space. 
> First one is a circular dependency on "node-marked" and "node-yamlish".
So there is a dependency loop between nodejs and node-yamlish, thus
nodejs will need manual building and uploading.
> Next issue is the "-m32" argument getting passed to the compiler. Not
> appropriate for Alpha.
That's a bug that should be reported to the package maintainer.
I've got bigger fish to fry at the moment. In particular a
binutils/glibc bug that is causing segfaults in the dynamic symbol
resolver. Try this: write a simple "Hello world" program in C.
Compile with "-Wl,-z,now" linker option which causes the dynamic
loader to resolve all symbols at program invocation, rather than
resolving symbols when first used. If compiled with a recent
toolchain it segfaults . That is holding up re-building quite a
few packages because (recent?) configure scripts use the -Wl,-z,now
option when testing to see if the C compiler can generate working
executables! A segfaulting executable is not (unsurprisingly)
considered a working executable by configure!
 And if you run the Debian kernel you should consider building
your own kernel with that commit reverted.
 Toolchain gcc 4:6.1.1-1, binutils 2.27-8 produces a working
executable, but toolchains later than gcc 4:6.2.1-1, binutils
126.96.36.19970124-2 are known to be bad.