The multisubstitute commands in the run script generated by s6-usertree-maker are in a wrong order

From: Muhammad Mahendra Subrata <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:01:18 +0700

Hello everyone,

I'm using skalibs-, execline-, and s6- here in my
system. I tried using the s6-usertree-maker with below invocation:

     s6-usertree-maker -E /etc/user-env -e XDG_RUNTIME_DIR user
/var/log/user-subtree /tmp/user-subtree

Below is the generated run script:

     #!/bin/execlineb -P
     fdmove -c 2 1
     emptyenv -p
     export USER "user"
     s6-envuidgid -i -- "user"
     s6-applyuidgid -U --
     backtick -in HOME { homeof "user" }
     s6-envdir -i -- "/etc/user-env"
       importas -i USER USER
       importas -i HOME HOME
       importas -i UID UID
       importas -i GID GID
       importas -i GIDLIST GIDLIST
       importas -D "" -- "XDG_RUNTIME_DIR" "XDG_RUNTIME_DIR"
     export PATH "/usr/bin:/bin"
     s6-svscan -d3 -- "${HOME}/service"

As shown above, the multisubstitute command that contains
XDG_RUNTIME_DIR is put after the one that contains USER, HOME, UID, GID,
and GIDLIST. If for example XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/$UID, the $UID
here will not be substituted with the user's UID since by the time $UID
is substituted, $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR hasn't been substituted yet. So perhaps
the order of these two multisubstitute should be inverted.

I was hit by this problem when trying to use it on my system, where I
found XDG_DATA_HOME was still set to ${HOME}/.local/share (i.e. the
${HOME} was not substituted with the path to my home directory).

Has anyone encountered this too? Or perhaps I'm just doing things

Received on Fri Jan 22 2021 - 08:01:18 UTC

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