building gnupg master from git (oddities and workarounds)

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Thu Jun 26 01:11:02 CEST 2014

On 06/25/2014 05:30 PM, martijn.list wrote:

> I'm using the following script with success:

That link is pretty odd.  Despite the title of the "tip" referring to
"the github sources", there is no mention of github at all.  gnupg
doesn't use github, afaict.  It also seems to assume that all the
network activity and code compilation is done as the superuser -- seems
a bit risky!

To be clear, i have successfully built gnupg from the git master, as a
non-privileged user, using the commands i mentioned.  The only thing i
needed was the proper development libraries installed, which i'm working
toward documenting separately (i needed to package and upload the latest
version of libgpg-error to debian, but everything else was already

I was reporting the issues so that they were known and documented;
hopefully the process can be cleaned up a bit to make the build process
from git even smoother, which might help encourage other people to
contribute to the codebase.

happy hacking,


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