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Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:52:38 +0300
From: Nikola Nikov <>
Subject: Re: DHCP client

The libbsd library

Making it static to the dhclient is good option too.

On 4/17/2011 6:57 AM, Solar Designer wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 07:47:01AM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
>> We need a DHCP client with privilege separation.  Juan on our team did
>> some work on this several years ago, but he never completed it and he is
>> not going to.  Meanwhile, OpenBSD implemented privsep in their fork of
>> ISC's dhclient, and this code got into FreeBSD and DragonFly BSD, but it
>> has not yet been ported to Linux (as far as I'm aware).
> Here's their code:
> At least dhclient-script will need changes for Linux.  Maybe we should
> base it on ISC's original rather than on the revision in OpenBSD.
>> I think that we should either port OpenBSD's dhclient to Linux ...
> If that's what we do, we could either include patches against OpenBSD's
> code like we do for mailx, mtree, telnet:
> (yes, this stuff hasn't been updated for a long time...), or we could
> keep the entire thing in our native tree.  I think the latter will work
> better if we're to release this Linux port separately from Owl, which I
> think would be a good thing to do.  Similarly, I think it makes sense
> for us to get at least mtree fully into our tree and release it (mtree
> for Linux or portable mtree) separately from Owl (in addition to
> continuing to develop and use it as part of Owl, indeed).
> Alexander

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