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Re: Too many unowned directories



On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM, Michael Schwendt <mschwendt gmail com> wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Jan 2009 14:48:49 -0500, Colin wrote:
>
>> I think the conclusion was that this problem would just go away if RPM
>> reference counted directories?
>
> When will that happen?

I'd guess earlier than all spec files in Fedora become perfect.  I
believe Richard Jones said something recently along the lines of "we
can't treat rpm and lowlevel tools as unchangeable".

> A restrictive umask still creates inaccessible unowned directories when
> installing packages. And these bad permissions of such directories cannot
> be verified/discovered with "rpm --verify" either.

Yeah, I think I remember some flamewar about that.  (The solution
seems obvious to me; yum should set a fixed umask, if we *really* need
to support admins installing RPMs with custom permissions, it only
applies when you use rpm -i, not yum).  Or instead have a custom
--umask argument for rpm.

> In other cases, unowned directories are the result of missing
> dependencies. And in turn, "yum install foo" installs a non-working
> package. Dir refcounting in RPM cannot fix that.

Right, but if dependencies are missing things will be broken anyways.


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