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From: Stroller <stroller@××××××××××××××××××.uk>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] iputils - caps and filecaps USE flags?
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2017 18:09:14

On my Linode VM in /etc/portage/package.use I have:

  net-misc/iputils -caps -filecaps

I have no recollection of setting these flags, but `genlop -iputils ` gives an installation date 2 days after I signed up with Linode, which tends to suggest I installed the package. Or perhaps it was part of the original Linode Gentoo disk image, and I only updated iputils?

The USE flag descriptions are meaningless to me and so I have no idea why I might have set these flags, were it me who did so:

  caps - Use Linux capabilities library to control privilege
  filecaps - Use Linux file capabilities to control privilege rather than set*id (this is orthogonal to USE=caps which uses capabilities at runtime e.g. lib cap)

Can anyone possibly explain in simple terms what these USE flags do, and help identify what's best for me?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,



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Re: [gentoo-user] iputils - caps and filecaps USE flags? Simon Thelen <gentoo-user@××××.de>