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RE: ESR: Goodbye Fedora- big picture

But this is supposedly the point of sbin, but (and I haven't looked for
ages) it used to be that various entries in sbin were actually
dynamically linked.

Whatever you do you can't win, I guess with rescue disks being as good
as they are now in an ideal world you'd have everything that could be
dynamically linked and just use a rescue disk to dig yourself out of the
mire when it all goes a bit pear-shaped.

-----Original Message-----
From: fedora-list-bounces redhat com
[mailto:fedora-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Don Levey
Sent: 23 February 2007 01:47
To: For users of Fedora
Subject: Re: ESR: Goodbye Fedora- big picture

On Thu, 2007-02-22 at 17:06 -0500, Steve Friedman wrote:
> On Thu, 22 Feb 2007, Tom Horsley wrote:
> > On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 10:59:16 -0800
> > "John P. Fisher" <john fisher znyx com> wrote:
> >
> >> 3) I guess if I could wave a wand, I'd have a set of common
> >> libraries that get shared and maintain compatibility between distro
> >> releases, and everything else would be handled by the applications
> >> themselves. Maybe this is plain dumb, but it sure would be easier
for me...
> >
> > I'd just have every single app have its very own versions of every
> > it needs with a reaper that runs around at low priority hard-linking
> > the ones that are identical :-).
> >
> >
> Then you've forgotten the zlib security issues of only 5 years ago.  A

> security vulernability was found in a compression library common to
> 500 apps.  Those that dynamically linked to zlib were patched with a 
> single upgrade; however, large numbers of apps had to be recompiled 
> because they statically linked to zlib.  This was a *major* security 
> crisis -- and *many* apps/utilities switched to dynamic linking of
> (and other common libraries) to avoid this happening again.

As a non-programmer, I'm ignorant of many of the issues involved, but
why can't you say: "if you link against an external library, do it
dynamically" as a rule of thumb?  That way you could replace the library
without needing to recompile.  Unless you want to state for sure that
no-one else will use your library, and not place it in a shared
location, that is.

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