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Bug#373700: posixtestsuite: Building the package as root on amd64 changes the system clock permanently

severity 373700 important

On Thu, Jun 15, 2006 at 07:54:45AM +0200, Andreas Jochens wrote:
> I created a clean amd64/unstable chroot environment and tried to build
> the 'posixtestsuite' package inside the chroot as the root user with
> 'dpkg-buildpackage'. 

> The build completed, but at the end of the build
> the system clock had been changed to 2002-11-12 19:25:26.

> I can reproduce this behaviour, i.e. every time I build the package on
> amd64 the system clock is changed permanently during the build. 
> The offsets are different in each case (ranging from a few days 
> to a few years).

Well, I guess it's not a good idea to build this package as root then... :)

I can't justify keeping this bug at RC severity, though.  This clearly
doesn't have any usability or data loss impact on users, it doesn't /fail/
to build, and while this might be considered data loss of a sort when
building, it's not the common case to build as root and I would suggest that
it's generally not advisable to do so with any package.  (If the package is
put together right, this isn't even happening in one of the as-root targets,
so even using -rsudo should be ok, yes?)

So, downgrading, though obviously we should want to see this fixed.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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