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[sr #111044] autoconf should assert existence of all subsidiary tools at


From: anonymous
Subject: [sr #111044] autoconf should assert existence of all subsidiary tools at startup
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2024 11:10:23 -0400 (EDT)

URL:
  <https://savannah.gnu.org/support/?111044>

                 Summary: autoconf should assert existence of all subsidiary
tools at startup
                   Group: Autoconf
               Submitter: None
               Submitted: Mon 01 Apr 2024 03:10:23 PM UTC
                Priority: 5 - Unprioritized
                Severity: 3 - Normal
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
        Originator Email: fche@redhat.com
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
        Operating System: None


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Date: Mon 01 Apr 2024 03:10:23 PM UTC By: Anonymous
The script generated by autoconf may run in environments even sparser than the
gnu standards.  One recentish example is missing "diff", which results in
confusing diagnostics but not an outright failure.

It'd be helpful - and possibly improve security overall - if autoconf's
generated shell script were to enumerate and assert the existence of every
/usr/bin type basic utility its code relies on, and if absent, abort abort
abort.  Better that than partial or obscured failures leading to oddly
configured target programs.







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