2.1.19 testing failures on the debian build daemons

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Wed Mar 22 17:46:02 CET 2017

On Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:23, kristian.fiskerstrand at sumptuouscapital.com

> We've had reported build issues due to this in Gentoo and chosen to
> reduce the size of certain directory namings to mitigate it in the
> default case.

In theory GnuPG could create /run/users on the fly.  However this
requires that the admin provides a way to do that, for example by
installing a userv(1) script or whatever the desktop folks use these
days.  But in that case the admin could also create /run/user directly.

The problem at hand is that certain special setups (Debian buildd) _had_
a problem with 2.1.19 due to wrong assumption in the test suite.  Justus
already fixed that.

The remaining problem are assumption that things may break in regression
tests or local installations of _other_ software.  That is nothing new:
before the introduction of /run/users they had to setup redirection
files to overcome the problem of too long socket filenames.  This should
still work (modulo the new --supervised mode) but has in any case been a
niche use case.  Those who are affected they can setup /run/user or
offer cake/beer/kudos to their sysadmin to do that.

GnuPG's README now recommends the creation of /run/user.



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