[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#954582: samba: FTBFS glibc/stropts/python issue.
plugwash at p10link.net
Tue Mar 31 02:09:20 BST 2020
The samba FTBFS is blocking the python 3.8 transition in raspbian bullseye, so I decided to take a look.
> error: Unable to determine origin of type `struct cli_credentials'
I don't think this is the error that is causing the build failure. The same error can be seen in succesful build logs. e.g. https://buildd.debian.org/status/fetch.php?pkg=samba&arch=amd64&ver=2%3A4.11.5%2Bdfsg-1%2Bb1&stamp=1583775414&raw=0
Instead I think the real error is further down the log
> ../../lib/replace/system/network.h:91:10: fatal error: stropts.h: No such file or directory
Some googling lead me to https://bugs.gentoo.org/699668 and https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=14100 which suggests that the bug triggers if samba is built against a newer glibc while python was built against an older glibc. Specifically it seems python headers leak certain system feature defines including HAVE_STROPTS_H which cause network.h to think stropts.h is available when it isn't.
If my understanding is correct I see two possible ways forward.
1. Rebuild python3.8 against the new glibc.
2. Remove the stropts include from samba, it doesn't seem to actually be used for anything (at least I can't find any other references to HAVE_STROPTS_H in the code).
I am currently testing a build in raspbian bullseye with the second approach. I will report back later on whether it results in a succesful build.
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