[Buildroot] [PATCHv2] support/dependencies: detect and bailout when PATH contains spaces/TABs

Thomas Petazzoni thomas.petazzoni at bootlin.com
Sun Mar 14 22:30:15 UTC 2021

On Sat,  6 Mar 2021 10:19:30 +0100
"Yann E. MORIN" <yann.morin.1998 at free.fr> wrote:

> In Makefiles, variables are split, filtered, and otherwise mangled on a
> space as a separator. In a shell, they will also be split on TABs.
> We split and filter and iterate of variables in a lot of places, and
> most importantly, spaces in PATH is very seldom tested, if at all, so a
> lot of packages will not be working properly in such a situation.
> For example, the config.guess contains constructs that are not resilient
> to a space in PATH:
>     PATH=$PATH:/.attbin ; export PATH
> Also, our fakedate will iterate over PATH:
>     for P in `echo $PATH | tr ':' ' '`; do
> Those are only two cases, but the first means basically all
> autotools-based packages are susceptible to subtle breakage.
> Furthermore, Buildroot itself does not support that the top-level or
> output directories are in a path with spaces anyway.
> So, instead of chasing all cases that might be potentially broken,
> let's just detect the case and bail out, like we already do when PATH
> contains a \n, or when it contains the current working directory.
> Reported-by: Dan Raymond <draymond at foxvalley.net>
> Signed-off-by: Yann E. MORIN <yann.morin.1998 at free.fr>
> Cc: Arnout Vandecappelle (Essensium/Mind) <arnout at mind.be>
> ---
> Changes v1 -> v2:
>   - fix the newline case

Applied to master, thanks.

Thomas Petazzoni, CTO, Bootlin
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering

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