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Bug 100843 - Option to not install servers for commonly ignored services
Summary: Option to not install servers for commonly ignored services
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: New packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Linux bug wranglers
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-07-30 15:19 UTC by Tyler Berry
Modified: 2005-07-30 16:11 UTC (History)
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Description Tyler Berry 2005-07-30 15:19:21 UTC
There are a number of packages in the tree where servers and clients are conflated into a single 
package, and the servers are uncommonly used or sometimes actually insecure. Specifically, I'm 
thinking of netkit-fingerd and telnet-bsd.

Furthermore, there are alternative fingerds out there that check for the presence of the finger(1) binary 
during compile; the netkit finger is perfectly servicable as a client, but installs a rather icky fingerd.

It would be really nice if an option (probably a USE flag?) could be added to gentoo signifying that those 
"optional" servers should not be installed. I've written hacked ebuilds that do this for my own machine, 
but a standard solution to this probably common desire would be nice.
Comment 1 Carsten Lohrke (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-07-30 16:11:48 UTC
This has been discussed a while ago and the tenor was that we have not nearly
the ressources (dev time) to do this. Especially the two packages you mention
have not even a maintainer for example.