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bug#23112: value of _CS_PATH\

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#23112: value of _CS_PATH\
Date: Tue, 03 May 2016 22:22:43 +0200
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address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) skribis:

> John Darrington <address@hidden> skribis:
>> Would it not be correct for guix to have 
>>  confstr (_CS_PATH, buf, len);
>> set the contents of buf with the bin directory of the currently 
>> installed coreutils package?
>> For me, it returns /bin:/usr/bin which is not correct.
> Fixing it is a bit tricky because:
>   1. The meaning of this variable is ill-defined.  Specifically, POSIX
>      says it “is the value for the PATH environment variable that finds
>      all standard utilities.”  By “standard utilities”, surely they must
>      be talking of ‘guile’, ‘guix’, ‘herd’, and a couple of others, but
>      we can’t be sure.  ;-)
>      http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/basedefs/unistd.h.html
>   2. If CS_PATH refers to Coreutils, then that means that libc refers to
>      Coreutils, which is inconvenient at best.
>   3. We could set CS_PATH to /run/current-system/profile/bin but that
>      wouldn’t work on foreign distros.
> So I’m inclined to leave things as is.

I’ll close the bug if you don’t mind, but…

> Did you find a situation where the invalid value was causing troubles?

… I’m still interested in knowing this.  :-)


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