[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#817971: shadow: binaries depend on the SHELL variable of the builder

Niels Thykier niels at thykier.net
Sat Mar 12 08:31:09 UTC 2016

Source: shadow
Version: 1:4.2-3.1
Severity: normal
Tags: patch
User: reproducible-builds at lists.alioth.debian.org
Usertags: environment


While trying to debug why shadow was *not* reproducible, we discovered
that it captures the "SHELL" variable of the builder and uses that
as the "last resort" shell.

This might be fine for personal builds, but I think that a
distrobution build should pick a well-defined default, which is always
available.  In the attached patch, I picked "/bin/bash" (but I believe
"/bin/sh" would be quite acceptable too).

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