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Re: many packages FTBFS, if $TAPE is set

On 09-Sep-07, 02:26 (CDT), Sergei Golovan <sgolovan@nes.ru> wrote: 
> On 9/9/07, Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:
> > It's a bug in your package.  Packages should not rely on anything in $HOME
> > for building, and should definitely not write anything to $HOME, as packages
> > are not supposed to modify anything outside of the build directory during
> > build.
> It would be sufficient (for this particular package) to point HOME to
> a truly unexistent directory. Is there a reason why /unexistent exists
> in buildd chroot?
> But OK, I'll try to fix the package (setting HOME inside debian/rules
> should help).

That's fixing a symptom, not the bug. What possible justification is
there for a package looking at the contents of $HOME during the build?


Steve Greenland
    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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