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Re: [gpsd-dev] chrpath dependency

From: Eric S. Raymond
Subject: Re: [gpsd-dev] chrpath dependency
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:18:30 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Christian Gagneraud <address@hidden>:
> I just started on that one, it was actually easy to do (see attached patch).
> So now things get built correctly but the tests using gpsfake are
> broken for some reasons I still ignore (I got connection
> refused[1]).

Unrelated bug in the Python test stuff, now fixed.

> Now I'm writing this email because I think this is all going
> nowhere, i'm not sure it is worth spending time on the connection
> refused problem given the fact that gpsfake invoke gpsd, which is
> still dynamically linked, and as such defeat the purpose of this
> idea (get rid of chrpath by using statically linkage).
> My opinion is that Eric "may be over-optimizing a bit here." when it
> comes to security (I had to make it, sorry! ;))

The demand fo that security fix came from the Debian project, not me. 

> Maybe the solution is to make chrpath a hard dependency, scons fails
> if it is not detected, and get rid of all the static stuff in
> SConstruct

I tried that at one point. It made some distribution packagers very
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