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Date:	Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:03:05 -0700
From:	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
To:	Alexander Holler <holler@...oftware.de>
Cc:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] initramfs: print error and shell out for unsupported
 content

On Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:00:45 +0100 Alexander Holler <holler@...oftware.de> wrote:

> The initramfs generation is broken for file and directory names which contain
> colons or spaces. Print an error and don't try to continue.
> 
> Tests:
> 
> cd linux
> make defconfig
> echo 'CONFIG_BLK_DEV_INITRD=y' >> .config
> echo 'CONFIG_INITRAMFS_ROOT_UID=0' >>.config
> echo 'CONFIG_INITRAMFS_ROOT_GID=0' >>.config
> echo 'CONFIG_INITRAMFS_COMPRESSION_NONE=y' >>.config
> echo 'CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE="/tmp/bugroot"' >>.config
> 
> Problem with colons:
> 
> mkdir -p /tmp/bugroot/a:b
> make -j4 bzImage # no error
> make bzImage # try again, oops
> 
> Problem with spaces:
> 
> mkdir -p /tmp/bugroot/a\ b
> make -j4 bzImage # no error
> zcat usr/initramfs_data.cpio.gz | cpio --extract --list # oops, no content
> 
> ...
>
> --- a/scripts/gen_initramfs_list.sh
> +++ b/scripts/gen_initramfs_list.sh
> @@ -171,6 +171,18 @@ dir_filelist() {
>  	${dep_list}header "$1"
>  
>  	srcdir=$(echo "$1" | sed -e 's://*:/:g')
> +
> +	# Files and directories with spaces and colons are unsupported.
> +	local unsupported=$(find "${srcdir}" -regex '.*\(:\| \).*')
> +	if [ ! -z "${unsupported}" ]; then
> +		printf "ERROR: Unable to handle files/directories with " >&2
> +		printf "unsupported characters (spaces and colons).\n" >&2
> +		printf "Please use other ways to generate a cpio-archive. " >&2
> +		printf "Unsupported files and directories are:\n" >&2
> +		printf "$unsupported\n" >&2
> +		exit 1
> +	fi
> +

It would be better to fix the it-doesnt-work-with-all-filenames bug. 
Any details on that?

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