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Girvin Herr (gherrl AT fastmail DOT com) [via geda-user AT delorie DOT com] wrote:
> I have been giving some thought about this problem overnight and I
> have decided this is not so much a bug in gEDA as it is a problem with
> my package build process. As observed, this failure only happens when
> the ~/.gEDA/gafrc file exists. Most people probably build the package
> as root, where this file is non-existent (if they are smart, they are
> not running gEDA programs as root), so they will not see this problem.
> However, my package build process has two stages. First, I build in my
> user account, which I do use for gEDA projects and it does have the
> ~/.gEDA/gafrc file. Then, when I am satisfied that that build stage is
> safe and correct, I go to stage 2, where, as root, I build the final
> package and install it.
I use the same technique since as 'me' the build can't write to any
system directories, which it shouldn't be trying to do anyway.

> IMHO, this is not a bug in gEDA and it may not be a good idea to
> incorporate test-specific code in gEDA, just to keep this "problem"
> silent. An example would be Volkswagen a few years ago was caught
> putting factory test code in their engine computers which disabled the
> emissions functions. This turned sour when the EPA discovered this
> code was running on their vehicles on the highway and polluting the
> air. As a result, VW got a stiff fine and their reputation is still
> not back to what it was before this incident.
Only reason I think it might be an issue is for people doing an upgrade
build. But Roland seems to have something up his sleeve that will make
it all moot. So other than putting in my two cents worth, which I think
I have, and lending a hand if asked I will probably just drop it.

My brain is happy having solved the problem. :)


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