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Re: [PATCH] tests: adjust PATH to include /usr/sbin for filefrag-using t

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [PATCH] tests: adjust PATH to include /usr/sbin for filefrag-using tests
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:46:29 +0100

Erik Auerswald wrote:
>> Therefore I don't think it's a problem of the system, but
>> more the behavior of coreutils tests to use administrative
>> tools (those usually used by root and therefore in [/usr]/sbin).
>> As a result, I think the test should either be run as root
>> only (which is of course often not required) or care about
>> having /usr/sbin and /sbin in the PATH when it's using such
>> tools.
> I'd say that's reasonable. The FHS states that
> "Utilities used for system administration (and other root-only commands)
> are stored in /sbin, /usr/sbin, and /usr/local/sbin."
> (
> Building software (e.g. coreutils) is not usually done with
> an administrative account, thus PATH needs not contain the sbin
> directories. If some test does require them, they should be added to
> the PATH of that test.
> That said, probably some of the sbin programs should rather be in bin,
> because they are of use for regular users as well.

The point is that the separation is not clear.
Even /sbin programs like mkfs.* can be useful to non-root users.
I use a few of those in parted tests.
Also, ifconfig is useful to non-root users, yet resides in /sbin.

Thus, by omitting /sbin and /usr/sbin, that version of sudo is
causing trouble.  Fedora made the same change to sudo, but ended
up reverting it due to all of the trouble it caused.

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