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Bug 617702 - sys-apps/coreutils caps use flag should be renamed to filecaps
Summary: sys-apps/coreutils caps use flag should be renamed to filecaps
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo's Team for Core System packages
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-05-07 07:49 UTC by Ostashevskyi Viktor
Modified: 2017-11-06 16:21 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Ostashevskyi Viktor 2017-05-07 07:49:47 UTC
coreutils uses libcap for displaying assigned "file capabilities" in output of ls command.
Comment 1 Thomas Deutschmann gentoo-dev Security 2017-11-06 11:24:38 UTC
You are right that coreutils only uses sys-libs/libcap to understand set capabilities to be able to display them in utilities like "ls". There's nothing in coreutils which will drop privileges like most packages which uses "caps" USE flag do.

However, "filecaps" USE flag is used for packages which set Linux capabilities in pkg_postinst.

So none of the USE flags provide a 100% match.

Because a package which usually uses libcap to drop privileges usually links against sys-libs/libcap which is the case for coreutils when build with "caps" USE flag as well,

> # lddtree /bin/ls
> /bin/ls (interpreter => /lib64/
> => /lib64/
> => /lib64/

we will keep "caps" USE flag. But I will provide a better description for "caps" USE flag for coreutils package.
Comment 2 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2017-11-06 16:21:50 UTC
The bug has been closed via the following commit(s):

commit 0edff67f453a7509c08fce538d3da9c947daa433
Author:     Thomas Deutschmann <>
AuthorDate: 2017-11-06 16:20:43 +0000
Commit:     Thomas Deutschmann <>
CommitDate: 2017-11-06 16:20:57 +0000

    sys-apps/coreutils: Rev bump to address multiple test failures
    - Running test suite with FEATURES=usersandbox is no longer supported
      due to various sandbox issues. (bug #413621, #439574, #629660)
    - Due to sandbox failures previously disabled tests
      re-enabled. (bug #415487)
    - tests/ls/readdir-mountpoint-inode test failure fixed. (bug #353164)
    - "caps" USE flag description more specified. (bug #617702
    - Tools/programs/libraries used in test suite now listed in
      DEPEND="test? (...)" which requires re-keywording for some
    Package-Manager: Portage-2.3.13, Repoman-2.3.4

 sys-apps/coreutils/Manifest                 |   1 +
 sys-apps/coreutils/coreutils-8.28-r1.ebuild | 210 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 sys-apps/coreutils/metadata.xml             |   1 +
 3 files changed, 212 insertions(+)