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Bug 768981 - app-emulation/virt-manager[gtk]: please remove net-misc/x11-ssh-askpass dependency
Summary: app-emulation/virt-manager[gtk]: please remove net-misc/x11-ssh-askpass depen...
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal with 2 votes (vote)
Assignee: Virtualization Team
Depends on:
Reported: 2021-02-06 14:14 UTC by WGH
Modified: 2021-05-31 07:57 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description WGH 2021-02-06 14:14:41 UTC
app-emulation/virt-manager[gtk] depends on net-misc/x11-ssh-askpass.

First, this is not a hard dependency. Some people use virt-manager to manage localhost, and thus don't need SSH access. Some people use SSH, but use public key auth, and thus don't need SSH_ASKPASS program either.

Second, net-misc/x11-ssh-askpass is just one SSH_ASKPASS program implementation. There're several others in Gentoo available, like lxqt-openssh-askpass, ssh-askpass-fullscreen, etc.

Third, net-misc/x11-ssh-askpass is an ancient program that pulls in imake build tools. The imake build system includes the infamous cleanlinks program, that can wreak some havoc if run accidentally[1][2]. I've been bitten by this myself.

A good solution IMO would be to suggest some SSH_ASKPASS programs in the "after installation" message, like I've seen with some other ebuilds.


Reproducible: Always