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[bug#32358] Add pcscd service

From: Chris Marusich
Subject: [bug#32358] Add pcscd service
Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2018 21:15:37 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Arun,

Thank you for submitting a patch!  I've been wanting something like this
for a long time, so I'm very happy to see it.  I'll test it out and let
you know if it works for me.

Arun Isaac <address@hidden> writes:

> diff --git a/gnu/packages/security-token.scm b/gnu/packages/security-token.scm
> index 7fdcaaf1e..424f4626e 100644
> --- a/gnu/packages/security-token.scm
> +++ b/gnu/packages/security-token.scm
> [...]
> @@ -169,13 +171,16 @@ the low-level development kit for the Yubico YubiKey 
> authentication device.")
>                  "1jc9ws5ra6v3plwraqixin0w0wfxj64drahrbkyrrwzghqjjc9ss"))))
>      (build-system gnu-build-system)
>      (arguments
> -     `(#:configure-flags '("--enable-usbdropdir=/var/lib/pcsc/drivers"
> -                           "--disable-libsystemd")))
> +     `(#:configure-flags
> +       (list (string-append "--enable-usbdropdir="
> +                            (assoc-ref %build-inputs "ccid") "/pcsc/drivers")
> +             "--disable-libsystemd")))

If someone was relying on the previous behavior (in which pcsc-lite
would look in /var/lib/pcsc/drivers for drivers), this would break for
them if they were using anything other than the ccid drivers, right?
However, I understand that previous Guix email threads have talked about
adding a symlink there which points to ccid's drivers (I do that today,
myself), so I can see why you would want to make this change.

> @@ -186,6 +191,16 @@ from a client application and provide access to the 
> desired reader.")
>                     license:isc                  ; src/strlcat.c src/strlcpy.c
>                     license:gpl3+))))            ; src/spy/*
> +(define pcsc-lite-bootstrap
> +  (package
> +    (inherit pcsc-lite)
> +    (name "pcsc-lite-bootstrap")
> +    (inputs
> +     `(("libudev" ,eudev)))
> +    (arguments
> +     (substitute-keyword-arguments (package-arguments pcsc-lite)
> +       ((#:configure-flags _) '(list "--disable-libsystemd"))))))
> +

What problem does this pcsc-lite-bootstrap package solve?  It looks like
you added pcsc-lite-bootstrap in order to avoid a cyclic dependency
between ccid and pcsc-lite.  That seems fair, but is there any other
reason that I'm missing?

> Subject: [PATCH 2/2] gnu: services: Add pcscd service.

Do you know what the intent behind the --enable-usbdropdir option is in
(1) the pcsc-lite configure script and (2) the ccid configure script?  I
checked the README in the source for both of these packages, but I
couldn't quite understand the intended use.  It wasn't clear to me if
the usbdropdir directory is where the ccid/pcsc-lite expect to _find_
drivers that the user makes available, or if this directory is where the
packages will _install_ their own drivers (or both, perhaps).

If the usbdropdir is intended to house additional drivers that the user
can "drop" in and use at runtime, then users of pcsc-lite/ccid might
reasonably expect to be able to easily add additional drivers to the
default configuration.  If that's the case, then we might want to think
about how we can give a user the ability to configure additional
drivers.  For example, if we gave the pcsc service configuration a field
like "usbdropdir-drivers" (e.g. a list of packages or file-like
objects), we could arrange for the union of those drivers to be placed
into the usbdropdir for pcsc/ccid to use.

Of course, I might be totally misunderstanding the intended use of the
--enable-usbdropdir configuration option.  If that's the case, please
let me know.

What do you think?


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