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Re: gdbm tarball files are g-r o-r

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: gdbm tarball files are g-r o-r
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 17:14:51 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

timeless wrote:
> -rw-------  1 user  wheel   1.6K Oct  7  2002 gdbm-1.8.3/README
> The vast majority of source packages in an average Linux distribution
> are g+r o+r

It would be nice to improve those but that isn't more than a very
minor issue since that is a source package.  If you are downloading
source then you have full capability to make changes.  After unpacking
the files will have your owner and group.  You can easily change the
permissions yourself.  The source isn't in a directly usable form
since you will need to compile it.

  find . -exec chmod a+r {} +

Could you say a few words about how this is causing you problems?
Perhaps we can propose some additional help.

> would it be possible to change the packaging system for gdbm so that
> it does chmod -R +r or similar before creating its tarball?

The README file says:

  The author of GNU dbm may be reached via e-mail to <address@hidden>,
  and the current maintainer may be reached at <address@hidden>.
  E-mail may be sent to either, or both, of these people.

Neither of those addresses are subscribed to this mailing list.  I
doubt they will see the discussion here unless it is brought to their
attention.  You might try contacting them with your request.


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