Bug 624679 - smolt creates directory '.smolt' in /. Should this be moved to /var/run/smolt or /var/lib/smolt?
smolt creates directory '.smolt' in /. Should this be moved to /var/run/smol...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: smolt (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Will Woods
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Reported: 2010-08-17 09:25 EDT by Tom London
Modified: 2015-02-18 08:29 EST (History)
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Description Tom London 2010-08-17 09:25:55 EDT
Description of problem:
I noticed that smolt appears to be creating the directory '.smolt' in /:

[tbl@tlondon ~]$ ls -ladZ /.smolt*
drwx------. root root system_u:object_r:root_t:s0      /.smolt
[tbl@tlondon ~]$ 

SELinux wants to label this 'default_t'.  Probably not right....

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Comment 1 Mike McGrath 2010-08-17 09:43:43 EDT
I can't find referencing /.smolt anywhere.  It does store information in ~/.smolt/ in a couple of ways.  I'm wondering if somewhere in the install process if root's home isn't being properly defined.
Comment 2 Tom London 2010-08-17 09:53:58 EDT
Hmm... Looks like it was created on 24 December 2009:

[root@tlondon ~]# ls -ld /.smolt
drwx------. 2 root root 4096 Dec 24  2009 /.smolt
[root@tlondon ~]# 


[root@tlondon ~]# ls -lu /.smolt/
total 4
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 104 Jan  1  2010 uuiddb.cfg
[root@tlondon ~]# 

"locate" reports no other instances of '.smolt':

[root@tlondon ~]# locate .smolt
[root@tlondon ~]#
Comment 3 Mike McGrath 2010-08-17 10:10:22 EDT
When was your /etc/sysconfig/firstboot created?
Comment 4 Tom London 2010-08-17 10:23:56 EDT
[root@tlondon ~]# ls -l /etc/sysconfig/firstboot
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 17 Dec 24  2009 /etc/sysconfig/firstboot
[root@tlondon ~]#
Comment 5 Tom London 2010-08-17 10:24:51 EDT
My system is pretty much constantly updated Rawhide system.
Comment 6 Mike McGrath 2010-08-17 10:55:35 EDT
still trying to verify root root cause.  You can safely remove that file though and it won't be re-created unless you re-run firstboot (which is non-typical).

I checked with a member of the packaging committee and it seems to be a bad idea to automatically move that directory via a package so you and everyone else impacted (probably a lot) will just have to remove that directory manually.

I'm working on a patch upstream to try to make sure it doesn't happen again no matter what the conditions of ~ might be.
Comment 7 Tom London 2010-08-17 11:07:19 EDT
OK.  Just to be clear, if I remove this directory ('/.smolt'), what will happen the next time cron kick starts smolt?  Will it create a new uuiddb.cfg in /root/.smolt?  Elsewhere?

Comment 8 Mike McGrath 2010-08-17 11:25:26 EDT
the cron job will actually run as smolt and attempt to create the file (and fail to do so) mostly by design.

If you run smolt manually or via the gui, it will recreate the file in that users home dir.  The uuiddb.cfg file actually only contains the public uuid file which is used as a reference convenience for smolt for linking and the smolt gui.  Your actual hardware uuid (the non public one) is stored in /etc/ and doesn't change.
Comment 9 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2011-02-08 16:14:58 EST
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.
Comment 10 Fedora End Of Life 2013-04-03 16:19:14 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 19 development cycle.
Changing version to '19'.

(As we did not run this process for some time, it could affect also pre-Fedora 19 development
cycle bugs. We are very sorry. It will help us with cleanup during Fedora 19 End Of Life. Thank you.)

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