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Bug#396835: kernel package bug and kpathsea (was: Bug#396835: tetex-bin postinst take unlimited amount of time and ram (kpsewhich took 600M and 14h))

Julian Gilbey <jdg@polya.uklinux.net> wrote:

>> >> > echo $HOME
>> >> 
>> >> /home/hrw/
>> >
>> > That's not: $HOME should not have a trailing slash.
>> Should this be documented somewhere more clearly?  Or can we just assume
>> a sane setting, at least for the TeX packages?
> This we should either do, or suggest that libkpathsea removes any
> trailing slashes from $HOME.

Removing is probably the best solution.  Anybody who actually wants
/home/foo//texmf can write


Olaf Weber is responsible for kpathsea, isn't he?

> This symlink is an absolute reference to the source tree on the
> builder's machine.  How could that possibly be useful on anyone else's
> random machine?  If it were a symlink to /usr/src/linux* that would be
> a different story.  Note that the binary package deletes the symlink
> on installation (search for "source" in
> /var/lib/dpkg/info/linux-image*.postinst); it would be better IMHO if
> it were deleted at the end of the build.

I agree.  However, before submitting a bugreport I'd like to know
whether this problem still exists.  Does anyone have a linux source and
kernel-package installed in a sid environment?

Regards, Frank
Dr. Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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