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On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 11:06:09AM +0200, Karel Zak wrote:
> On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 02:58:01PM +0200, Ludwig Nussel wrote:
> > I've also filed a pull request on github:
> > https://github.com/karelzak/util-linux/pull/10
> 
>  Merged, but you forgot man page ;-) I don't think we need whole
>  history for the man page, so just copy and edit any existing su.1
>  man page and send it as a patch.

another issue:

  - why su.c expects "PATH" and "SUPATH" login default variables, but
    login.c expects "ENV_PATH" and "ENV_SUPATH"?

    See also login.def man page from shadow-utils where ENV_* is
    documented (for login as well as for su).

    IMHO we need to share the configuration between login and su.


and wish list:

  - remove MAX(), use max() from c.h
  - use err(), errx() and warn() and warnx() rather than error()
  - share init_environ() from login.c with su.c
  - cleanup usage()
  - move longopts[] to main
  - remove horrible PAM_BAIL macro, see is_pam_failure() in login.c
  - remove #if 0 code

  - simplify xsetenv(), move it to include/env.h as inline function,
    and use it in su.c, login.c etc.

    IMHO we can use code without putenv(), something like

       if (setenv(name, value, ow) != 0)
          err(EXIT_FAILURE, "failed to set %s variable", name);



    Karel


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