[lsb-discuss] LSB: libcap?

Matt Taggart taggart at carmen.fc.hp.com
Wed Jun 28 12:53:32 PDT 2006

"Wichmann, Mats D" writes...

> I was trolling through old open bugs and came across
> http://bugs.linuxbase.org/show_bug.cgi?id=101,
> which originally asked for capget/capset and then
> morphed into a request for the higher-level libcap.
> When that bug was filed the request for the
> original two interfaces had come up fairly often
> (in particular, I remember samba likes to fiddle with
> capabilities if the functionality is available).
> But I haven't heard much about this recently.
> Is there still any interest in pursuing this?

Another data point...

The packages in Debian that currently depend on libcap are:

autodir, avahi-daemon, cdrecord, ethereal, jackd, libpam-modules,
libzorpll3.0.6, muddleftpd, ntp, pure-ftpd, quagga, quintuple-agent,
rlinetd, terminatorx, traceproto, vdr, vsftpd, zorp, zsh

Not a lot compared to a lot of other futures candidates. I think the main 
arguement for adding would be for greater POSIX compliance. I assume all 
the distros have it. I assume we have tests for it?

Matt Taggart        Open Source & Linux Organization R&D
taggart at fc.hp.com   Hewlett-Packard

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