New book validation procedure?

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at
Sat Jul 7 07:33:30 PDT 2007

On 7/7/07, <macana at> wrote:
> They are placed in the /tmp dir, thus theoreticaly deleted after each reboot.
> And they are overwritten when running againg the target, thus there is no
> need to worry if someone altered they.
> That files could be deleted by the Makefile, but I don't see the need to do it
> and could help to track rendering issues.
> Actualy I was thinking on make the /tmp directory configurable via a makefile
> envar (like V=1 is for verbose output) to allow the user to select where to
> place that temporaly files.

I think it would be best if they were both cleaned up and made
configurable. First one is just good practice. No one likes when a
process doesn't clean up after itself. Potentially, there could just
be a clean target.

    rm -f /tmp/{blfs-full.xml,blfs-html.xml,blfs-patches,blfs-patch-list,,blfs-pdf.xml}

Second, creating files in /tmp can lead to symlink attacks. What if
some malicious person did this ahead of time?

$ ln -s /etc/shadow /tmp/blfs-full.xml

Probably nothing unless I happen to validate as root. Two
alternatives. Just have TMPDIR = /tmp and let people change it if they
want to be safe. Or, have TMPDIR = $(shell mktemp -d).


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