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Re: [libvirt PATCH] scripts: Fix meson-install-symlink.py overwriting existing links



On Tue, Aug 04, 2020 at 07:48:15PM +0200, Martin Kletzander wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 04, 2020 at 06:27:08PM +0200, Erik Skultety wrote:
> > By default, symlink re-creation fails if the link already exists, more
> > specifically in case of meson-install-symlink.py:
> > 
> > Traceback (most recent call last):
> >  File "/<path_to_libvirt_repo>/scripts/meson-install-symlink.py",
> >    line 15, in <module>
> >        os.symlink(target, link)
> > FileExistsError: File exists: '../default.xml' -> 'default.xml'
> > 
> > Unfortunately, Python can't mimic "ln -sf", so we have to fix this
> > differently - create a temporary name which is then going to be used
> > for the temporary link followed by a rename with the original link's
> > name.
> > Note that this solution is racy as mktemp() doesn't guarantee
> > atomicity in link creation, so theoretically another process could come
> > and create a file with the same name as the temporary link name, but
> > a proper solution would be longer and not as elegant.
> > 
> 
> Well, you could do subprocess.check_output(['ln', '-sf', ...]) (yuck), but it
> does essentially the same thing anyway.

Well, obviously I could issue a call to subprocess, but...yes, yuck.

> 
> I don't think a race here would cause anything.  I would probably remove the
> file and then create the symlink and if there is something/someone else
> installing the same file than it is good that we error our because there are
> bigger issues than that.  The whole installation process should not be
> interfered with and you cannot make it atomic anyway.

I agree with your thinking I just found it important to underline the fact that
the solution isn't 100% correct, but like you said, we should not care that
much during the installation phase, it would only point out a bigger issue.

Erik


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