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Bug 258118 - www-servers/nginx abusing ${ROOT}
Summary: www-servers/nginx abusing ${ROOT}
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: New packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High QA (vote)
Assignee: Konstantin Arkhipov (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Blocks: 258096
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Reported: 2009-02-08 12:58 UTC by Thilo Bangert (RETIRED) (RETIRED)
Modified: 2009-07-09 00:00 UTC (History)
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Description Thilo Bangert (RETIRED) (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2009-02-08 12:58:17 UTC
Some notes on ROOT:

* The idea behind ROOT is that one can build a system with ROOT=/somewhere and
then chroot into it or tar up /somewhere as a system image. It is not designed
to allow the user to run /somewhere/usr/bin/foo.

* ROOT can't be used correctly in src_*, since ROOT might be different when
merging a binary package. For example, a binary package might be built with
ROOT=/ and then installed onto a system using ROOT=/somewhere.

* ROOT isn't used for library dependencies. When building, libraries, headers
etc. on / have to be used. Cross-compiling etc is done by configuring the
toolchain correctly, not by hacking ebuilds in a way that breaks binary

See also the discussion on bug #167285 for more info.
Comment 1 Robert Buchholz (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2009-07-09 00:00:21 UTC
  17 Mar 2009; Timothy Redaelli <> nginx-0.7.39.ebuild:
  QA: Don't abuse ROOT wrt #232969, #258118. Add ~x86-fbsd keyword (with
  small patch) wrt #155623, #236429. (Maintainer is in devaway status)