DistroRelease which contains slashes used in path

Bug #1684600 reported by Benjamin Drung on 2017-04-20
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Bug Description

The DistroRelease contains GNU/Linux on Debian (example: "Debian GNU/Linux 8"). The containing slash is very confusing when using the DistroRelease as path. Thus please just strip GNU/Linux from the DistroRelease before using it as part of a path.

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Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Is there any reason not to fix this in apport/packaging.py's get_os_version() which is used to get DistroRelease?

Benjamin Drung (bdrung) wrote :

Valid point. Repairing apport/packaging.py's get_os_version() is the way to go.

Benjamin Drung (bdrung) wrote :

Code like

name = l.split('=', 1)[1]
if name.startswith('"'):
    name = name[1:-2].strip()

converts l = 'NAME="Debian GNU/Linux"' into name = 'Debian GNU/Linu' (note the missing 'x'). If this quote-stripping would have gone right, following snippet would remove GNU/Linux:

# work around inconsistent "Debian GNU/Linux" in os-release
if name.endswith('GNU/Linux'):
    name = name.split()[0:-1]

but the resulting name variable would be a list of strings then.

Proposed solution: Use shlex to simplify the code to

with open('/etc/os-release') as f:
    for l in f:
        key, value = shlex.split(l)[0].split('=', 1)
        if key == 'NAME':
            name = value[:-9].strip() if value.endswith('GNU/Linux') else value
        if key == 'VERSION_ID':
            version = value

Benjamin Drung (bdrung) wrote :

The updated patch is attached.

I also converted the appport bzr repository to git, put my patches on top and pushed it to https://code.launchpad.net/~bdrung/apport/+git/retrace-debian/+ref/master

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