[pacman-dev] [PATCH] change the cwd from / to config->root while running scriplets

VMiklos vmiklos at frugalware.org
Tue Jan 31 18:25:14 EST 2006

On Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 09:04:44PM +0100, Aurelien Foret <aurelien at archlinux.org> wrote:
> VMiklos wrote:
> I made a few attempts to reproduce the issue, but without success.

what i use for testing:

$ pacman -Q -r root
alsa-utils 1.0.10-2
bash 3.1-1
coreutils 5.2.1-9
glibc 2.3.6-1
ncurses 5.5-1
readline 5.1-1

alsa-utils is the test pkg, whith the following .INSTALL:

        touch tmp/withoutslash
        touch /tmp/withslash

if i revert the patch in our tree, then withoutslash is created in /tmp,
whithslash is in root/tmp

if i apply the patch again, then both created in root/tmp

> I understand the reason of the fix, but wouldn't it be better to change 
> the working directory within the child process, right after the call to 
> chroot, instead of changing to the "root" directory from the father process?

does this make sense? i don't think so

> Something like:
> if(pid == 0) {
>    if(chroot(root) == -1) { ... }
>    if(chdir("/") == -1) { ... }
>    ...
> }
> I've got the feeling it is safer to have the father staying at "/" while 
> operations from the install scripts are performed.

it's safe to stay in the alternate root, too. or could you mention any
example when there's a difference?

> FYI, I had a look at the implementation of the chroot binary, and it is 
> coded as described above...

ok, i don't say it's bad, just i think it's not better than my fix

udv / greetings,

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