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Old 09-27-2012, 05:59 AM
Ivan Shmakov
 
Default Bug#688932: g_get_home_dir () should prefer ${HOME} over getpwuid ()->pw_dir

Package: libglib2.0-0
Version: 2.32.3-1
X-Debbugs-Cc: debian-devel@lists.debian.org

[Filing bug, as was suggested in the debian-devel@ discussion
[1]. I've also started a discussion in gtk-devel-list@ [2].]

Currently, it's not possible for the user to specify an
arbitrary home directory for most of the Glib-based packages
(such as, e. g., Gimp [3].)

I therefore suggest to change g_get_home_dir () to follow the
usual Unix convention of using ${HOME} as the user's home
directory, falling back to getpwuid ()->pw_dir should HOME be
non-existent or empty, or, additionally, should it point to a
directory not owned by the current user, or on which he or she
has no executable permission, unless the current user is ‘root’
(UID 0.)

An expanded rationale is at [4].

TIA.

[1] http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.linux.debian.devel.general/176973
[2] http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.gnome.gtk+.devel.general/22721
[3] http://bugs.debian.org/453711
[4] http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.gnome.gtk+.devel.general/22721

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