[Rpm-maint] odd chroot behavior inside the rpm transaction

Mark Hatle mark.hatle at windriver.com
Mon Sep 14 21:12:29 UTC 2009

during a chroot, cwd stays outside of the chroot generally.  Normally you 
following a chroot by a cd "/" or similar to force the programs to move into the 
chroot.  I'm not sure if RPM 4 does that or not.  (Based on this it seems like 
it is not.  This is done BTW so that you can escape the chroot...)


Seth Vidal wrote:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=503195#c13
> as I said:
>  if, from the python bindings, I open a file with a name starting with 
> '/' while in a transaction then as expected, the file is opened inside 
> the installroot
> however, if I open a file with a name NOT starting with '/' then the 
> file is opened OUTSIDE of the installroot.
> Does this make any sense? B/c I admit I don't quite grok why it would be 
> this way.
> Thanks,
> -sv
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