Lintian Reports (Beta Testing)

I binary-file-built-without-LFS-support

This tag is experimental.

The listed ELF binary appears to be (partially) built without "Large File Support" (LFS). If so, it may not be able to handle large files or files with large metadata values (ex: inode numbers) correctly.

To support large files, code review might be needed to make sure that those files are not slurped into memory or mmap(2)ed, and that correct 64-bit data types are used (ex: off_t instead of ssize_t), etc. Once that has been done ensure _FILE_OFFSET_BITS is defined and set to 64 before any system headers are included (note that on systems were the ABI has LFS enabled by default, setting _FILE_OFFSET_BITS to 64 will be a no-op, and as such optional). This can be done by using the AC_SYS_LARGEFILE macro with autoconf which will set any macro required to enable LFS when necessary, or by enabling the lfs feature from the future dpkg-buildflags feature area which sets the CPPFLAGS variable (since dpkg-dev 1.19.0). Note though, that getconf LFS_CFLAGS must not be used, as it does not support cross-building. Using _FILE_OFFSET_BITS should require no system function renames (eg. from open(2) to open64(2)), and if this tag is still emitted, the most probable cause is because the macro is not seen by the system code being compiled.

Take into account that even if this tag is not emitted, that does not mean the binary is LFS-safe (ie. no OOM conditions, file truncation or overwrite will happen).

Also note that enabling LFS on a shared library is not always safe as it might break ABI in case some of the exported types change size, in those cases a SOVERSION bump might be required. Or alternatively, on systems with an ABI without LFS, defining _LARGEFILE64_SOURCE and exporting both 32 and 64-bit variants of the interfaces can avoid the SOVERSION bump, at the cost of more complex maintenance.

Refer to http://www.unix.org/version2/whatsnew/lfs20mar.html and https://www.gnu.org/software/libc/manual/html_node/Feature-Test-Macros.html for details.

Severity: info

Check: binaries

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