FF & varsym

Matthew Dillon dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Sat Jul 28 12:57:31 PDT 2007

:This seems weird to me: userland should not know about varsym content
:(except for those programs that explicitly deal with it, through
:varsym_* system calls, of course), and instead should be given an
:"interpreted" path, should they ?
:Any enlightenment much appreciated :-)

    Userland has visibility into the varsym if it reads the contents
    of the symlink, which in this case it does.

    Why firefox is doing that I have no idea.  It would be possible to
    adjust the lstat code to resolve the varsym in the returned buffer
    but doing it by default creates a problem when you tar or cpdup
    a directory tree because you wind up breaking the varsym.  So for
    now I think the only real solution is to modify firefox to understand

					Matthew Dillon 
					<dillon at backplane.com>

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