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Re: [PATCH 0/4] dropping support for older curl

On 10/08/17 23:32, Jeff King wrote:
On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 10:33:18PM +0200, Tom G. Christensen wrote:

You've totally ignored the argument I made back then[1], and which I
reiterated in this thread. So I'll say it one more time: the more
compelling reason is not the #ifdefs, but the fact that the older
versions are totally untested.

Perhaps you forgot but I stated in the original thread that I build RPMS for
RHEL/CentOS 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. I still do and I run the testsuite every
single time.

I didn't forget. I actually double-checked the patches you sent at the
time, but I didn't see one for the CURLPROTO issue. And indeed, it is
still broken for me:

   $ cd /path/to/curl/repo
   $ git checkout curl-7_15_5
   $ ./buildconf && ./configure --prefix=/tmp/foo && make install
   $ cd /path/to/git
   $ git checkout v2.14.0
   $ make CURLDIR=/tmp/foo V=1 http.o
   gcc -o http.o -c -MF ./.depend/http.o.d -MQ http.o -MMD -MP   -g -O0 -Wall -Werror -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wpointer-arith -Wstrict-prototypes -Wvla -Wold-style-declaration -Wold-style-definition -Wno-error -Wno-cpp -Wno-unused-value -Wno-strict-prototypes  -I. -DUSE_LIBPCRE1 -DHAVE_ALLOCA_H -I/tmp/foo/include -DUSE_CURL_FOR_IMAP_SEND -DNO_GETTEXT -DSHA1_DC -DSHA1DC_NO_STANDARD_INCLUDES -DSHA1DC_INIT_SAFE_HASH_DEFAULT=0 -DSHA1DC_CUSTOM_INCLUDE_SHA1_C="\"cache.h\"" -DSHA1DC_CUSTOM_TRAILING_INCLUDE_SHA1_C="\"sha1dc_git.c\"" -DSHA1DC_CUSTOM_TRAILING_INCLUDE_SHA1_H="\"sha1dc_git.h\"" -DSHA1DC_CUSTOM_INCLUDE_UBC_CHECK_C="\"git-compat-util.h\""  -DHAVE_PATHS_H -DHAVE_DEV_TTY -DHAVE_CLOCK_GETTIME -DHAVE_CLOCK_MONOTONIC -DHAVE_GETDELIM  -DFREAD_READS_DIRECTORIES -DNO_STRLCPY -DSHELL_PATH='
  "/bin/sh"' -DPAGER_ENV='"LESS=FRX LV=-c"'  http.c
   http.c: In function ‘get_curl_allowed_protocols’:
   http.c:685:24: error: ‘CURLPROTO_HTTP’ undeclared (first use in this function); did you mean ‘CURLPROXY_HTTP’?
      allowed_protocols |= CURLPROTO_HTTP;
   [and so on]

I just built a pristine 2.14.0 on CentOS 5 with curl 7.15.5. No problems at
all neither with building nor with running the testsuite.

As you can see, this does not compile for me. What's going on?

The call site for get_curl_allowed_protocols() in http.c is still protected by an #if:
#if LIBCURL_VERSION_NUM >= 0x071304
        curl_easy_setopt(result, CURLOPT_REDIR_PROTOCOLS,
        curl_easy_setopt(result, CURLOPT_PROTOCOLS,
warning("protocol restrictions not applied to curl redirects because\n"
                "your curl version is too old (>= 7.19.4)");

I don't see how it could work, as CURLPROTO_HTTP is not defined at all
in that version of curl.

Indeed but the #if will handle that.

Can you please double-check that you're
building against the correct version of curl, and that you are building
the HTTP parts of Git (which _are_ optional, and the test suite will
pass without them).

I use a mock buildroot and there is no other curl than the vendor supplied 7.15.5 installed:
# pwd
# find . -name 'curlver.h'
# grep LIBCURL_VERSION_NUM ./usr/include/curl/curlver.h
   parsing and comparions by programs. The LIBCURL_VERSION_NUM define will
#define LIBCURL_VERSION_NUM 0x070f05

[root@c5-32bit-01 ~]# rpm -q git
[root@c5-32bit-01 ~]# ldd /usr/libexec/git-core/git-http-fetch |grep libcurl
        libcurl.so.3 => /usr/lib/libcurl.so.3 (0x001e7000)
[root@c5-32bit-01 ~]# rpm -qf /usr/lib/libcurl.so.3
[root@c5-32bit-01 ~]# git --version
git version 2.14.1
[root@c5-32bit-01 ~]# git clone https://github.com/tgc/tgcware-for-solaris.git
Cloning into 'tgcware-for-solaris'...
warning: protocol restrictions not applied to curl redirects because
your curl version is too old (>= 7.19.4)
remote: Counting objects: 2793, done.
remote: Total 2793 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 2793
Receiving objects: 100% (2793/2793), 780.88 KiB | 639.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (1233/1233), done.
[root@c5-32bit-01 ~]#


I also won't claim any absolutes. I think we all agree this is a
cost/benefit tradeoff. But there are a lot of options for building on a
very old system. For instance, building without http if you don't need
it. Or building a more recent libcurl (and even linking statically for

Of course that is always an option but it does complicate things.

I'd find arguments against the latter more compelling if recent curl
were hard to compile on old systems. I don't know whether that's the
case (certainly on a modern system, it's much easier to get newer
versions of curl to compile than older ones).

I have no experience with building curl on older Linux systems. I know that I can build it on old Solaris releases but that is not quite the same since there I am also building against recent versions of curls dependecies (openssl etc.).

Also FWIW Red Hat continues to support RHEL 5 with the Extended Life-cycle
Support program until 2020-11-30.

I saw that, too. But as I understand it, they provide no code updates:
no bugfixes and no security updates. They just promise to answer the
phone and help you with troubleshooting. It's possible my perception is
wrong, though; I'm certainly not one of their customers.

I am refering to the Extended Life-cycle Support product (ELS), which promises: "the ELS Add-On delivers certain critical-impact security fixes and selected urgent priority bug fixes and troubleshooting for the last minor release"

The full description is here: