Bug?: manpages are only readable by root when doing sudo make install with umask 077

Antoine Amarilli a3nm at a3nm.net
Wed Jan 10 10:29:59 PST 2018

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your reply!

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:23:03AM -0500, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> On Wed 2018-01-10 16:38:14 +0100, Antoine Amarilli wrote:
> how is the installation happening for you?  In Makefile.local, i see:
> 	install -m0644 $(filter %.1.gz,$(MAN_GZIP_FILES)) $(DESTDIR)/$(mandir)/man1
> 	install -m0644 $(filter %.5.gz,$(MAN_GZIP_FILES)) $(DESTDIR)/$(mandir)/man5
> 	install -m0644 $(filter %.7.gz,$(MAN_GZIP_FILES)) $(DESTDIR)/$(mandir)/man7
> which suggests that the -m would override the umask.

That's right. Looking more closely I think the issue is only with the
permissions of the directories /usr/local/share/man/man*, not the files
that they contain. Of course this is still an obstacle for the manpages
to be readable. So I guess the following in doc/Makefile.local (just
above what you quoted):
        mkdir -p "$(DESTDIR)$(mandir)/man1"
        mkdir -p "$(DESTDIR)$(mandir)/man5"
        mkdir -p "$(DESTDIR)$(mandir)/man7"

does not override the umask. I suspect that the parameter -m0644 should
be passed to these invocations too.


Antoine Amarilli

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