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From: Kent Fredric <kentfredric@...>
Subject: Re: Do we need games group and all that game prefixes?
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 00:53:20 +1200
On 21 May 2012 04:26, Michał Górny <mgorny@g.o> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> In today's MythBusters™: do we actually need the whole ugly-awful
> mangling games.eclass does for games? By that I mean:
> - installing games in random pre-/postfixes rather than standard FHS-y
>  locations,
> - changing ownership and permissions of all the files.
>
> Do we really need all of this poor man's 'you shall not play our
> games'? I don't think we're using anything like /usr/office & office
> group, or /usr/random-programs-i-dont-like.
>
> Random obscurity only makes things harder. And proves no point unless
> we're going to ensure that all web browsers, ssh clients and other
> applications in danger of being used to play games. And while we're at
> it, why don't we just take the computer away and work on paper sheets?
> Oh wait, someone could play tic-tac-toe on it...
>
> So, my proposition is: finally drop that. Install games in regular
> prefixes, like all other apps. Don't pollute systems with unnecessary
> security perimeters which don't provide any real benefit.
>
> Any comments?
>

It wouldn't be so bad if it was done once, in one module, perhaps
"games-env" or similar and all games depended on that, instead of the
current scenario, where each and every games package does magic to set
up the right env bits. ( including creating profiles/groups if they
don't already exist, and stuffing paths in $PATH for all users even if
they're not in the games group, which causes bugs with git ... )

https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=408615




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