[Pkg-phototools-devel] Bug#903268: hugin: autopkgtest checks write to $HOME and don't clean themselves

Niko Tyni ntyni at debian.org
Sun Jul 8 20:51:40 BST 2018

Control: severity -1 wishlist

On Sun, Jul 08, 2018 at 07:01:57PM +0200, Andreas Metzler wrote:
> On 2018-07-08 Niko Tyni <ntyni at debian.org> wrote:
> > Package: hugin
> > Version: 2018.0.0+dfsg-1
> > The autopkgtest checks of this package write to $HOME, and fail if that
> > is not writable. They don't clean after themselves properly but leave
> > ~/.hugindata/camlens.db around.
> I have never cared or checked whether it needs a writeable $HOME. I
> assumed autopkgtest was run on something approaching a "normal" system,
> i.e. with existing and writeable $HOME.
> Also I was not aware that writing to that directory and not
> cleaning up was a bug. Is this documented, and if yes, where?

No, probably not documented. It seems obvious to me that such QA tools
shouldn't leave traces in the user home directory: there's a temporary
directory allocated to the checks, and log files and all for output.

I noticed this because I happened to run QA checks in a chroot without
$HOME existing, mainly for catching such bugs during builds (where I
believe we do have consensus that writing to $HOME is a bug.)

But I don't mind that much, so lowering the severity. Hope that's OK
with you.
Niko Tyni   ntyni at debian.org

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