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sr #108469: gettext-0.18.3.1: libintl hard codes potentially invalid path

Submitted by:  Keith Marshall <keithmarshall>
Submitted on:  Thu 09 Jan 2014 10:01:07 PM UTC  
 
Category:  None Priority:  5 - Normal
Severity:  3 - Normal Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Operating System:  Microsoft Windows

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Thu 09 Jan 2014 10:58:04 PM UTC, comment #1:

s/potentially removal media/potentially removable media/

Obviously, the issue bites when the hard coded path points to a removable media device, in which no media is present. Woe32 then requires the user to insert media when a path scan is initiated, even if the search should eventually be resolved elsewhere.

Keith Marshall <keithmarshall>
Thu 09 Jan 2014 10:01:07 PM UTC, original submission:

Identified during this ML discussion:
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.gnu.mingw.devel/5366

hard-coded paths incorporated into libintl provide the probable vector for this MinGW bug:
https://sourceforge.net/p/mingw/bugs/2108/

As noted in the ML thread, when I rebuild gettext-0.18.3.1, cross compiling on GNU/Linux for the Woe32 host, I see two instances of the hard coded path "/mingw/share/locale" within this library. While this likely will not fall foul of the issue, where the original packager had this prefixed by a drive reference, to a device with potentially removal media, is it expected that this path should be hard coded in the first instance? How does this interact with the relocation machinery, which I understand to be an inherent feature of GNU gettext? Should configuration with the "--enable-relocatable" option affect this? (It seems to make no difference).

In addition, it has been suggested that we consider this patch:
https://sourceforge.net/p/mingw/bugs/1808/

to add relocation support to gettext-0.18.3.1. Am I missing something here? AIUI, gettext already provides relocation support, so why should we need a patch to add it?

Keith Marshall <keithmarshall>

 

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