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Re: many packages FTBFS, if $TAPE is set

On 8/28/07, Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> wrote:

> I don't have any time to work on this, but it occurred to me reading this
> that it might be useful for QA purposes to have a version of debuild that
> *unsanitizes* the environment to test robustness.  An evil-debuild that
> sets every problematic environment variable that it can think of (TAPE,
> QUILT_PATCHES, LANG, LC_ALL, PWD, etc.), builds the source in a directory
> name containing a space, and otherwise tries all the environmental things
> that have broken packages in the past.

One of the packages co-maintained by me FTBFS if HOME environment
variable points to an existing inaccessible directory. (See

Should this be treated as a bug in buildd configuration or package
maintainers should take into account the possibility of so unusual
HOME behavior?

Sergei Golovan

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