[csw-maintainers] checkpkg: check for empty files?

Maciej (Matchek) Bliziński maciej at opencsw.org
Wed Sep 28 12:01:08 CEST 2011

2011/9/28 Dagobert Michelsen <dam at opencsw.org>:
> Hi,
> Am 27.09.2011 um 19:24 schrieb Sebastian Kayser:
>> what do you guys think about a checkpkg check that throws an error if it
>> encounters empty files in a package? Are there valid cases for shipping
>> empty files? Maciej, can you query the pkgdb for empty files?
>> Background:
>> stunnel overhauled its autoconf setup with the recent 4.44 release and
>> as a result, messed up its sample certificate generation. The generated
>> and packaged sample certificate was empty. A good look at the build
>> process showed the issue, but this could have also gone unnoticed.
> This looks like a perfect situation for a plugin where anyone interested
> can check for empty files to have a rationale for the real implementation.

I'm not that keen on investing time in developing a plugin
infrastructure without evidence that it will be actually used.
I developed a plugin infrastructure once, advocated it[1], and while
the reception of the new functionality was generally good, there was
no interest in plugins.

What I suggest we do now, is this: I will expose the package stats
data via REST.  When someone writes a check using that data, and wants
to include it in the standard checkpkg runs, we'll add some form of
data passing from checkpkg to their code.  Does it sound good?


[1] http://lists.opencsw.org/pipermail/maintainers/2010-January/010918.html

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