Bug 64242 - util-linux requires usermode
util-linux requires usermode
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: util-linux (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Elliot Lee
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2002-04-30 06:24 EDT by John Eckerdal
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:42 EDT (History)
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Description John Eckerdal 2002-04-30 06:24:13 EDT
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Description of problem:
util-linux requires usermode. Why?

usermode requires glib2 and libuser.
libuser requires LDAP and SASL.

This eats diskspace:
glib2 is more than 3 times as large as glib-1.2 and add to this SASL and LDAP
which I have no use for.

And more importantly this is a security risk. There has allready been atleast
one security problem in usermode and there might be more either in usermode or
in any of the libraries it uses.

All these problems for a very *basic* Linux package that is required to be
installed. Also this package is so basic that it should not depend on so many
other packages beeing installed.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1.Try to install util-linux without installing usermode
2.See it require usermode

Actual Results:  A dependancy on user mode

Expected Results:  No dependancy on usermode

Additional info:
Comment 1 Elliot Lee 2002-04-30 10:24:59 EDT
Comment 2 John Eckerdal 2002-04-30 15:03:52 EDT
This is very interresting since in previous versions of util-linux there is no
dependancy on the usermode package. Not that the *real* util-linux package even
has the kbdrate included - this is something Red Hat added.

util-linux-2.11f-17 provides kbdrate but does not require usermode so usermode
can not be a requirement for kbdrate to actually work.

util-linux is such a basic package that I should not have to install at least 5
other packages to get to this very *core* functionality. 

I have used Red Hat for along time and never used kbdrate before (it is not even
present on my main machine) so I can't see why this would be a basic requirement
for a Linux installation to work.

Please consider placing it in a separate package.
Comment 3 Elliot Lee 2002-04-30 17:31:08 EDT
The missing dependency was a bug. I'll keep your suggestions in mind, but don't
plan to implement them anytime soon because they're just really low priority to
most people.

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