Should libgssapi be hidden behind the MK_KERBEROS knob?

Brooks Davis brooks at
Sat Dec 8 08:38:59 PST 2007

On Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 03:49:28PM -0800, Doug Barton wrote:
> If there is a better list for this, don't hesitate to let me know.
> I use WITHOUT_KERBEROS=true in /etc/{make|src}.conf, since I don't
> need or use it. However, this leads to a problem with building the
> kdelibs3 port. The configure script looks for the presence of
> libgssapi and the associated headers, and takes that to mean that
> kerberos is available, and sets things up accordingly. This causes
> the build to fail when it tries to actually link something to a
> kerberos library.
> I realize that GSS can be used for other things besides kerberos, but
> are we really losing anything by hiding them both under the same knob?
> If the answer to that is yes, is there any objection to a WITHOUT_GSS
> knob?

We wouldn't loose anything today, but a without GSS knob makes more
sense to me.  There's at least one other GSS system in fairly wide use
in the high performance computing world today.

-- Brooks
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