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Detect dbm and gdbm dependencies in configure.ac #89910

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tiran opened this issue Nov 8, 2021 · 6 comments
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Detect dbm and gdbm dependencies in configure.ac #89910

tiran opened this issue Nov 8, 2021 · 6 comments
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tiran commented Nov 8, 2021

BPO 45747
Nosy @ronaldoussoren, @tiran, @pablogsal, @erlend-aasland, @arhadthedev
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  • bpo-45747: Detect gdbm/dbm dependencies in configure (GH-29467) #29467
  • Fix Contributed ... in bpo-bpo-45847 typo #32299
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    tiran commented Nov 8, 2021

    setup.py jumps through hoops to detect gdbm, gdbm_compat, ndbm, and bdb (libdb) build dependencies. I propose to simplify our support matrix and detect all dependencies in configure.ac.

    gdbmmodule.c uses gdbm_open() API, which is provided by gdbm.h and libgdbm

    dbmmodule.c uses the dbm_open() API, which can be provided by a combination of headers and shared libraries.

    • gdbm/ndbm.h with libgdbm_compat
    • gdbm-ndbm.h with libgdbm_compat
    • ndbm.h with libgdbm_compat
    • ndbm.h with libndbm
    • db.h with libdb (lib-5.3 for over a decade)

    setup.py makes some wrong assumption in regards of libgdbm. The shared library libgdbm does not provide the dbm_open() API on any system I tested. libgdbm_compat is always required. Linking with libgdbm is not needed. libgdbm_compat depends on and wraps libgdbm.

    setup.py also performs additional steps to locate old versions of libdb-3.x and libdb-4.x. libdb-5.3 has been around for a decade. Even CentOS 7 and Debian oldoldstable ship with libdb version 5.3 and don't offer libdb version 4. I propose to remove support for libdb 4 and libdb 3.

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    tiran commented Nov 8, 2021

    Pablo's macOS ARM64 buildbot does not find libdb-5.3 although it has db.h: https://buildbot.python.org/all/#/builders/721/builds/97/steps/2/logs/stdio

    macOS X86-64 buildbot has libdb-5.3: https://buildbot.python.org/all/#/builders/311/builds/332/steps/2/logs/stdio

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    dbm_open is in libc on macOS. likely due to being in SUSv2.

    The implementation in libc appears to be suboptimal (for example: bpo-33074), although I wouldn't teach configure.ac to ignore the system version of the library.

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    tiran commented Nov 8, 2021

    Thanks Ronald. I was not aware that macOS has dbm_open in libc.

    AC_CHECK_LIB() always tries to link with an external library. The macro should skip the symbol from libc. Could you please run the PR locally and upload your config.log?

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    AC_SEARCH_LIBS() will search libc before checking external libraries, FWIW.

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    tiran commented Nov 10, 2021

    New changeset 0a9f695 by Christian Heimes in branch 'main':
    bpo-45747: Detect gdbm/dbm dependencies in configure (GH-29467)
    0a9f695

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