Re: Bug#388399: FTBFS problems on alpha, mips[el]: Please help debugging
Frank Küster wrote:
> [Summary for the buildd people: We still need your input]
> Thiemo Seufer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >> > sudo mkdir -p /tmp/texfonts/source/jknappen/ec
> >> > sudo mkdir -p /tmp/texfonts/tfm/jknappen/ec
> >> > make -C docs/psdoc
> >> >
> >> > So somewhere, there is a very, very wrong assumption that it's ok to use a
> >> > fixed, user-invariant path under /tmp for writing out fonts.
> >> I do not think that this is a bug, and anyway it's unrelated to the
> >> FTBFS problem. Previously fonts were created below /var, but this was
> >> regarded as a security risk because users would be able to completely
> >> fill up /var. Now the font cache is in the users' directories, and only
> >> as a fallback it is in /tmp/texfonts.
> > So, if I understand that correctly, the bug was fixed by running mktexmf
> > as non-root, and the change of the cache location is only a collateral.
> No, or I do not understand what you mean.
I meant the the earlier security bug you mentioned. To me, the solution
for the earlier bug as well as the current one looks like keeping the
font cache in /var but maintaining it via a mktexmf user.