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Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:00:58 +0000 (UTC)
From: Claudio André <>
Subject: Re: System wide build

Solar Designer <solar@...> writes:

> On Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 04:52:17PM +0000, Claudio Andr?? wrote:
> > The excerpt below might clarify.
> > 
> > +	puts("System-wide exec: " "$JOHN/");
> > +	puts("System-wide home: " "$JOHN/");
> Why do you need these two lines, and why put the "$JOHN/" in separate
> quotes?  Don't these two lines always print literally this? -
> System-wide exec: $JOHN/
> System-wide home: $JOHN/

Well, I don't need them, but since this is a system wide build, the --
list=build-info has to print the same information another system wide build 
prints, no? Extra quotes are not necessary and they will print $JOHN. I can 
use path_expand("$JOHN/") in the final version (if needed). 

> Please do think again assuming that a patch like the original one gets
> accepted into jumbo.

Of course, I can. But I think this is the worst choice. the real env var name 
used in the SNAPPY changed in the past and can change again in the future. 
1. $JOHN simply works;
2. I expected someone to complain that using an env var to build a path to 
expand and select a fallback executable is a security concern. export 
JOHN=/whatever/fake_john can be harmful(?).
But, as I told you, once a different thing got accepted on bleeding I can use 

> Why not just avoid having JOHN_SYSTEMWIDE_EXEC set in the snap package,
> if you need the #else code version here?

Unfortunately (I'm kidding), the SNAP package *IS* a system wide build 
installed for all users in a read-only FS. So, a pure non system wide will 
fail (log, pot in a read only directory).

Isn't this the 'avoid to create something new' best choice?


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