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bug#33171: TMPDIR and build containers

From: pelzflorian (Florian Pelz)
Subject: bug#33171: TMPDIR and build containers
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 03:23:36 +0200
User-agent: NeoMutt/20180716


The manual says that TMPDIR does not leak into the build environment:

>    You can influence the directory where the daemon stores build trees
> via the ‘TMPDIR’ environment variable.  However, the build tree within
> the chroot is always called ‘/tmp/guix-build-NAME.drv-0’, where NAME is
> the derivation name—e.g., ‘coreutils-8.24’.  This way, the value of
> ‘TMPDIR’ does not leak inside build environments, which avoids
> discrepancies in cases where build processes capture the name of their
> build tree.

However, later it says:

>    When the daemon performs a build on behalf of the user, it creates a
> build directory under ‘/tmp’ or under the directory specified by its
> ‘TMPDIR’ environment variable; this directory is shared with the
> container for the duration of the build.  Be aware that using a
> directory other than ‘/tmp’ can affect build results—for example, with a
> longer directory name, a build process that uses Unix-domain sockets
> might hit the name length limitation for ‘sun_path’, which it would
> otherwise not hit.

This seems like a contradiction, or do I misunderstand?


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