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FS#16957 - [xrdb] Preprocessor fails since xorg-server-utils 7.5-2 (xrdb 1.0.6)

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by P.H. (Vain) - Sunday, 01 November 2009, 13:28 GMT
Last edited by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Sunday, 01 November 2009, 14:24 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To No-one
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
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Since I upgraded to xorg-server-utils 7.5-2, xrdb no longer processes any preprocessor statements in Xresource-files. This results in a weird looking XDM, for example (no colors, "CLIENTHOST" not replaced, etc).

This is caused by the way we configure our xrdb:

... --with-cpp=/usr/bin/mcpp\ -@old

Since xrdb 1.0.6 (git commit fc0b73673a7b91b386d8a346652f9cc0c4a68d44 in git:// they use an additional check whether the given preproc-program is accessible/executable. This done via access(). As we pass an argument to mcpp (the "-@old"), this string (as a whole) is tested for accessibility: "/usr/bin/mcpp -@old". Of course, this fails. Hence, no preprocessor is invoked at all.

Steps to reproduce:

$ cat > /tmp/someXresource <<EOF
#ifdef COLOR
hello*world: HAS_COLORS
hello*world: NO_COLORS

$ xrdb -merge /tmp/someXresource
xrdb: "hello*world" on line 4 overrides entry on line 2

$ xrdb -query
hello*world: NO_COLORS

Quick workaround/fix:

Configure xrdb for the use with "cpp":

... --with-cpp=/usr/bin/cpp

Doing so won't give an error message and set "hello*world: HAS_COLORS" in the example above (or well, it should do so because "COLOR" should be defined). However, this adds a dependency for "gcc" to the package. Maybe "mcpp" without the "-@old" would do it? Dunno.
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Closed by  Jan de Groot (JGC)
Sunday, 01 November 2009, 14:24 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  Should be fixed with 7.5-3.