Bug#639897: Please don't check /proc/mounts
On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 16:38, Julian Andres Klode <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 03:20:13PM +0200, Sandro Tosi wrote:
>> Package: apt
>> Version: 0.8.10.3
>> Severity: normal
>> I found this behavior:
>> # apt-get --version | head -n1
>> apt 0.8.10.3 for amd64 compiled on Apr 15 2011 07:35:31
>> # strace apt-get autoremove 2>&1 | grep mounts
>> open("/proc/mounts", O_RDONLY) = 22
>> (it also happens on the sid vrsion).
>> This poses a problem when a system has a lot of mounts and so /proc/mounts is
>> really big.
>> I remember I had fixed a similar behavior on lenny by upgrading libselinux1 to
>> the squeeze versions, but now I'm on squeeze and I see it again, and I don't
>> see a trace of libselinux be linked into apt.
> It's not APT either, APT wants to read /etc/mtab and then /proc/mount because
> cdromutl.cc misses the "s". The complete source code does not contain the
> word "mounts", but that's a different bug (and once fixed, makes this bug
> apply to APT itself, instead of something APT uses).
Ehm... I don't think I can parse this paragraph :)
> While we need to find the mount point of a device something and might do
> something like this when using the cdrom acquire method, this specific
> case is not caused by APT itself, but rather by a lower library,
> as far as I can tell (the cdrom method is a child process and thus
> not catched by strace anyway, so it's not what you got).
I probably agree here, but I can only exploit this behavior with apt,
that's what weird.
> Furthermore, I cannot reproduce this at all. What might be helpful
Oh really? I had no problem seeing this on our squeeze servers and on
my sid workstation, and I don't think I did anything unusual.
> would be a backtrace for the open call, so we know why it
> happens (ltrace -S e.g. traces both library and system calls, and
> with -C you get readable C++ names).
I've run ltrace with -S -C options on "apt-get autoremove" on my sid
workstation, and you can find the (big) output at .
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