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Re: Bug#628042: perl: file creation in suid Perl script no longer works

clone 628042 -1
reassign -1 release-notes
retitle -1 release-notes: document that suidperl is no longer available in wheezy

On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 03:04:49PM +0300, Niko Tyni wrote:
> On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 11:33:57AM +0100, Dominic Hargreaves wrote:
> > Upstream removed suidperl support in 5.12. I think we should indeed
> > have announced this better (although you will have seen the perl-suid
> > package being removed). We don't seem to have a NEWS.Debian file in
> > the perl package; I wonder if this would be a suitable place to put
> > this information or whether it should eventually go somewhere like the
> > release notes for wheezy.
> My initial feeling is that this is overkill. The perl package is installed
> on all Debian systems (well, 99.45% according to popcon), and I expect
> that only a very tiny minority cares about suid Perl scripts.
> If we could restrict this to only those who have perl-suid installed, it
> would be OK-ish IMO, but I can't see any way to achieve that except a
> transitional non-functional perl-suid package, which seems backwards.
> I think README.Debian and release notes may have to do. Maybe we should
> bring this up on debian-devel to get other opinions.

Yes, I agree that this only affects a small minority of users and
so we shouldn't have a noisy news item.

I've added a note to README.Debian and cloned this bug to release-notes,
and am CCing this to -devel for any other opinions.


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