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bug#44186: Recursive mkdir

From: Bengt Richter
Subject: bug#44186: Recursive mkdir
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2020 05:13:50 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

Hi divoplade,

On +2020-10-24 08:17:47 +0200, divoplade wrote:
> Hello,
> Le samedi 24 octobre 2020 à 01:32 +0200, Bengt Richter a écrit :
> > An alternate solution could be programmed using ffi, as documented in
> > [1], n'est-ce pas?
> To be clear, you would rather have that function as guile code rather
> than extending the C function? I'm OK with that, but in which file
> should I put that function? My instinct was to put the code near the
> mkdir function, and that happened to be in a C file, so I went C.
Seems logical, and probably where I'd go, but please be careful!
Don't make a C version of this hack:
│ (define (my-mkdir-p path . ignore) (system (string-append "mkdir -p " path))) 
You can then write (my-mkdir-p "foo-dir/bar-dir") and it'll do the job.

But it's definitely safer to skip the hack and write
│ (system "mkdir -p foo-dir/bar-dir") │
and not give anything a chance to inject something bad via unsanitized 
│ (my-mkdir-p "here/below;tree here") │
│ here                                │
│ └── below                           │
It does the intended, so no suspicous change in that part, and 
my-mkdir-p looks innocent enough. (Did you notice the danger? ;)

Well, introducing something like this, but more subtle,
could be the first move by a mole  working for
<insert favorite bogeyman organization>
to compromise or disrupt/discredit GNU FLOSS competition.

Is that unhappy thought too paranoid?
I hope so, but I'm not convinced  ;/

> > What would guix best-practice guidance say about that?
> I'm not sure to follow, now this is a guile matter, guix has nothing to
> do about it. I'm sorry I messed a few things up with the mailing lists
> (I should have listened to them, "don't cross the streams"). Could you
> elaborate?
Sorry, you are right: it does become a guile matter, but...

... it also becomes part of guix if it's part of the guile version
a guix version depends on, so thereby it becomes a guix quality/security item
to be careful about.

So I was wondering whether guix architects have preferences
for where and how a function should be implemented, all things considered.

> Best regards,
> divoplade
Bengt Richter

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