[pkg-dhcp-devel] Running the DHCP server as non-root

Andrew Pollock apollock at debian.org
Wed Mar 23 05:28:28 UTC 2011

On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 05:02:56PM +0000, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> Hello DHCP maintainers,
> As part of a patch review for the DEX project[0], I came across this
> wishlist bug on dhcp3-server:
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=308832
> for which a patch is available.
> It looks like this issue was forwarded upstream and got a reference number,
> but I couldn't find any way to look up its current status upstream.  Is the
> upstream bug tracker not public?

No. Their rationale is that they have potentially sensitive paid-customer
bugs in there or something.
> I would like to help get this patch merged into Debian and upstream if
> possible.  It was originally based on 3.0.1-2, but Ubuntu has been carrying
> it since then, and so it's been merged up to 4.1.1-P1-15 and quite well
> tested at this stage.
> The changes to upstream code are actually quite small and contained (10
> lines, across one source file and 2 makefiles).  Would you be willing to
> merge this small patch into the package until upstream decides what to do
> with it?
> Can you tell me what you think and how you would like to proceed with this?

I have a personal policy of keeping the Debian package as close to upstream
as possible. Ideally the long term set of Debian patches should approach

I'm suffering from a severe lack of spare time at the moment, but after
mid-April I plan on getting back into DHCP-related stuff with a vengeance.

I've got a good relationship with upstream, and I plan on having a
face-to-face sit down with them in the near future. One of the things I'll
be discussing is bugs that I've forwarded upstream. I'll ensure that I
discuss this particular patch.

I've managed to get the LDAP patch accepted this way, and I'm sure I can get
a patch of this size accepted as well.

In the meantime, I'll also ping the ticket.


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