[distcc] Re: PATH problem 2

Martin Pool mbp at samba.org
Fri Jul 11 03:39:48 GMT 2003

On  7 Jul 2003, Wayne Davison <wayned at users.sourceforge.net> wrote:

> > Why wouldn't removing all directories that contain symlinks to gcc
> > work?
> That is another potential cleanup strategy if you didn't really mean
> "symlinks to gcc" but "gcc symlinks".  And actually it's not gcc but cc
> we're scanning for at daemon startup (since we don't know what compiler
> the user is going to call).
> The problem with this heuristic is that the real compiler may, in fact,
> be a symlink (it was on several older systems I used to use).  If we
> stop the dropping of dirs at the first non-symlink to cc we find, and if
> we leave the last symlink if we don't find a real file (whew!) that
> could possibly work, but it might introduce some other unforeseen
> problem.
> What would you think if it did no path munging at all, but it output
> warnings like this (if appropriate):
> WARNING: found a cc->ccache symlink on the PATH -- is this intentional?
> WARNING: found a cc->distcc symlink on the PATH -- potential config problem.
> Set DISTCD_PATH in the environment to override distccd's PATH setting and to
> silence these warnings.

I was just wondering about actually not changing the server-side PATH
at all, and instead walking along the path ourselves instead of
calling execvp().  That seems to have a few advantages:

 - If the contents of the directories change while the daemon is
   running then it will adapt properly.

 - The server can search for the actual name of the compiler, rather
   than looking for "cc".

 - We can emit warnings as you suggest.

So (some?) calls to dcc_execvp would be replaced with something like

dcc_execvp_skip_masq(char *argv[])
  foreach component of PATH:
    name = dir + "/" + argv[0]
    target = readlink(name)
    if a link:
      if target contains "distcc" || target contains "ccache":
        print warning
    execv(name, argv)
    # if execv fails, continue
  return ENOENT 


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