[Rpm-maint] [PATCH 4/6] Create a new publicly accessible function, rpmteHeaderOpen

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Wed Aug 18 11:11:47 UTC 2010

On Fri, 30 Jul 2010, Steve Lawrence wrote:

> On Mon, 2010-07-26 at 14:48 +0300, Panu Matilainen wrote:
>> On Wed, 14 Jul 2010, Steve Lawrence wrote:
>>> When the SELinux policy collection plugin is executed, the transaction
>>> element has already been closed, and the header cannot be accessed.
>>> However, access to the header is needed to extract policy data. The new
>>> rpmteHeaderOpen function allows accessing the header of a closed
>>> transaction element by opening it if necessary.
>> Is there a chance that this gets called on packages which are not yet
>> installed? If so, I suspect it'll confuse the heck out of yum's (and
>> probably others) transaction callback/progress handling. Also there's no
>> guarantee the package file exists after its installed (eg depsolvers might
>> delete packages after installing to save diskspace).
>> rpmteHeader() is already a somewhat strange interface, adding another
>> similar doesn't make it any better... but I don't have any concrete ideas
>> off-hand how to make it all saner. One possibility might be having another
>> opetional collection hook which gets executed while the element header is
>> open to permit whatever data the plugins might need to be collected from
>> the headers.
>>  	- Panu -
> After talking this over, we think adding another hook is likely the best
> solution. But we'll also need change the plugin architecture so that the
> plugin can remember state (e.g. which te's have been seen and what
> policies they contain). It's not a major change, but does make the
> simple plugin arch a little more complex.

Ok. I've feeling being able to remember state will be useful for other 
things too, so a little added complexity should be worth it.

> Also, I'll be on vacation for the next couple weeks, so it will likely
> be a while until we can send the next patchset with the changes made.

No problem, I've been back from vacation for week and a half now and still 
trying get back up to speed :)

 	- Panu -

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