[stunnel-users] [BUG] SSL directory scan breaks cross-compilation

John Spencer maillist-stunnel at barfooze.de
Mon Nov 3 14:46:41 CET 2014

Michal Trojnara wrote:
> John Spencer wrote:
>> the concept of searching for a library directory is completely
>> broken. if just adding -lssl -lcrypto to LDFLAGS doesnt find the
>> openssl libraries at link time, the user's compiler toolchain is
>> wrongly set up, and its not the job of a package to work around
>> that by searching through a number of directories. it's the user's
>> job to fix his toolchain by supplying the right -L paths in case
>> he's got his library installed in a non-standard location.
> So is the concept of installing headers by default in
> /usr/local/ssl/include rather than /usr/local/include...

who does that ?

either way, if a user installed a custom ssl version into $prefix/local 
instead of the default prefix, he will definitely not expect that the 
configure script will detect his non-standard local version and use it 
instead, he will supply his custom libdir via 
LDFLAGS=-L/whatever/local/lib to configure, just like he does for all 
the other packages using his custom ssl lib.

also note that $prefix can be anything. in case of sabotage linux it's 
empty (i.e. there's /bin, /lib, /include, /share, ..., but no /usr/lib, 
...), there is no /usr (it solely exists as a symlink to / in order to 
help dealing with broken hardcoded assumptions).

there was some /usr hype ("the /usr move") promoted lately by the 
systemd folks and their redhat-financed propaganda machinery, but that 
is not a guarantuee that everyone and his dog follows poettering's 
if the prefix was /usr everywhere, the --prefix option for configure 
would make little sense i guess...

>> also, there's pkg-config (which supports crosscompilation via a
>> PKG_CONFIG_SYSROOT_DIR env var) in case a library needs elaborate
> Do you suggest that stunnel should also require pkg-config as a
> building prerequisite?

require ? no.
i'm not an expert in writing autoconf scripts (i usually just use plain 
Makefiles), but i'm pretty sure that autoconf ships with predefined 
pkg-config helper macros/scripts that fall back to some sensible 
mechanism when it is not installed. however it's available almost 
everywhere, because you simply cannot build the majority of OSS without 
it (most notably anything building on glib).

there's a lot of sw out there that uses autoconf to detect openssl, and 
almost all of them do it right. maybe looking at their configure scripts 
could give clues about the right way to check for it.

but in general, openssl needs no special include dirs, no special 
CFLAGS, and works by just adding "-lssl -lcrypto -lz" to the linker 
command line (the -lz covers static linking as openssl depends on zlib).
from C code it's supposed to be used like:
#include <openssl/ssl.h>
i.e. referencing the openssl dir in the standard include dir. no need to 
add any fancy -I references for the preprocessing.

>> the libtool turns -lssl into /lib/libssl.so, because it's on old
>> version of libtool that doesnt respect the --with-sysroot configure
>> flag.
>> since this didnt happen with 5.02, it looks strongly as if the
>> latest release was created on a different box with a way older
>> autoconf and libtoolize installed than 5.02.
> Thank you.  I'll make sure the next release is built with a newer libtool.


>> another issue is that -I/usr/kerberos/include is passed to the
>> build. this is another hardcoded and wrong path somewhere in the
>> buildsystem which would break my build in case i had kerberos
>> installed on my box. in that case it would pull in host headers
>> rather than headers from my x-compile sysroot. fortunately i don't
>> have it.
> Your other headers would also need to include a kerberos header, and
> your your OS would need to have RedHat-specific /usr/kerberos/include,
> right?  I doubt it to be a real risk, so I implemented the simplest
> possible workaround (vide: KISS principle).

i'm not sure about kerberos. is it really redhat-only (i doubt it)? if 
so, the assumption that the prefix is always /usr is probably legit. but 
that could change as well, and it of course breaks cross-compilation 
even on a redhat box. the right way to deal with it is probably to just 
use the usual autoconf/pkg-config mechanisms to check for it.

> What about changing -I/usr/kerberos/include to -I=/usr/kerberos/include
> (i.e. relative to sysroot)?

interesting. i'm seeing this "-I=" usage the first time. do you have a 
reference explaining it ?


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