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bug#11245: 24.0.95; set-file-selinux-context fails when the filesystem d

From: goeran
Subject: bug#11245: 24.0.95; set-file-selinux-context fails when the filesystem doesn't support contexts
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 13:27:51 +0200

After upgrading to emacs to the one in Fedora 17 test release, numbered
24.0.95, I started to get messages about emacs failing to write backup
files, and it writing a %backup%~ file instead.  Checking in the file
system, emacs had successfully made a backup file.  After a bit of
investigation, I believe it has to do with emacs trying to set SELinux
context on a file system which doesn't support it.  In my case, my home
directory is mounted via NFS.

So to reproduce, I do the following, starting in a directory in an NFS
file system:

On the command line:
    freddi$ touch apa
    freddi$ ll -Z apa
    -rw-rw-r--. göran göran system_u:object_r:nfs_t:SystemLow apa
    freddi$ emacs -Q

Then, in emacs:
    M-x s e t - v a r <tab> <return> b a c k u <tab> b
    y <tab> <return> t <return> C-x C-f a p a <return>
    a p a C-x C-s

Now I get an error message:
    Cannot write backup file; backing up in ~/.emacs.d/%backup%~

But there is an (empty) file "apa~", so the backup DID succeed.

My understanding is that the root cause is the function
set-file-selinux-context in fileio.c failing with a file error when the
lsetfilecon() call fails.  But it is not really an error if it fails
with errno set to ENOTSUP.  A system which does support SELinux may very
well have some parts of the file tree where you can't modify the
context.  Such as an NFS home directory.

It seems to me that the case where lsetfilecon() fails with ENOTSUP
should be handled in the same way as if is_selinux_enabled() returned
false in the first place, i.e. just return without any error.  Do I miss

In GNU Emacs (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.24.10)
 of 2012-04-06 on x86-13.phx2.fedoraproject.org
Windowing system distributor `Fedora Project', version 11.0.11002000
Configured using:
 `configure '--build=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu'
 '--host=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu' '--program-prefix='
 '--disable-dependency-tracking' '--prefix=/usr' '--exec-prefix=/usr'
 '--bindir=/usr/bin' '--sbindir=/usr/sbin' '--sysconfdir=/etc'
 '--datadir=/usr/share' '--includedir=/usr/include'
 '--libdir=/usr/lib64' '--libexecdir=/usr/libexec'
 '--localstatedir=/var' '--sharedstatedir=/var/lib'
 '--mandir=/usr/share/man' '--infodir=/usr/share/info' '--with-dbus'
 '--with-gif' '--with-jpeg' '--with-png' '--with-rsvg' '--with-tiff'
 '--with-xft' '--with-xpm' '--with-x-toolkit=gtk' '--with-gpm=no'
 '--with-wide-int' 'build_alias=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu'
 'host_alias=x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu' 'CFLAGS=-DMAIL_USE_LOCKF -O2 -g
 -pipe -Wall -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fexceptions -fstack-protector
 --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -m64 -mtune=generic' 'LDFLAGS=-Wl,-z,relro ''

Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: nil
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: sv_SE.utf8
  value of $XMODIFIERS: nil
  locale-coding-system: utf-8-unix
  default enable-multibyte-characters: t

Major mode: Fundamental

Minor modes in effect:
  tooltip-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  tool-bar-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: (only . t)

Recent input:
M-x s e t - v a r <tab> <return> b a c k u <tab> b 
<tab> <return> t <return> C-x C-f a p a <return> a 
p a C-x C-s M-x r e p o r t - e m a <tab> <return>

Recent messages:
For information about GNU Emacs and the GNU system, type C-h C-a.
Saving file /home/göran/apa...
Cannot write backup file; backing up in ~/.emacs.d/%backup%~
Wrote /home/göran/apa

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