[Reproducible-builds] Bug#827155: dpkg-buildflags: reproducible/fixdebugpath doesn't escape build path

HW42 hw42 at ipsumj.de
Thu Jun 30 13:35:41 UTC 2016

Daniel Kahn Gillmor:
> On Sun 2016-06-12 23:25:33 -0400, HW42 wrote:
>> as Mattia noticed dpkg-buildflags doesn't escape the build path in the
>> -fdebug-prefix-map CC argument when enabling the 'fixdebugpath' option.
>> What assumptions does dpkg make about the build path? I think there are a
>> lot of build scripts which anyway break if the build path contains a
>> space.
> that seems likely to me -- not just debian packaging scripts either, but
> likely upstream build toolchain decisions as well.
>> Unfortunately this isn't trivially fixed since the flags are
>> concatenated as a string and later exported in different languages
>> (shell, Makefile). So if we want to support spaces in buildpaths this
>> need to be changed to an array. What do you think?
> I think you mean that the flags should be internally stored as an array
> inside dpkg-dev instead of a concatenated string.


> That sounds right to me, and a worthwhile change in its own right.
> It won't fix any upstream toolchain bugs, of course, and if we start to
> vary by having whitespace (or even weirder characters) in paths, we're
> likely to see a large number of FTBFS.

I don't think that should be done as part of the reproducible builds
efforts. I raised this only because if dpkg-dev would assume a space
free build path anyway an escape(split(flags, ' ')) would have been

> fixing dpkg-dev to treat the flags internally as an array seems like a
> good first step, though.


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