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[alpine-aports] [PATCH] main/gparted: Use reliable way of detecting gpartedbin process existence.

From: Przemyslaw Pawelczyk <>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 02:13:42 +0100

Otherwise gparted won't start saying that gpartedbin is already running.
Problem has been spotted on AL 3.4.6 by Thijs de Vries and reported on
IRC channel (#alpine-linux).

Patch should be applied also on 3.4-stable w/ obvious adaptations
(preserving 3.4-stable's pkgver, bumping pkgrel, fixing collisions in
source and *sums) and less obvious one (removing prepare() function,
because otherwise patch won't be applied).
 main/gparted/APKBUILD                              | 12 ++++--
 ...Use-reliable-way-of-detecting-gpartedbin-.patch | 46 ++++++++++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 54 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 main/gparted/
diff --git a/main/gparted/APKBUILD b/main/gparted/APKBUILD
index 4d874a625925..25688bb8c809 100644
--- a/main/gparted/APKBUILD
+++ b/main/gparted/APKBUILD
_at_@ -1,7 +1,7 @@
 # Maintainer: Natanael Copa <>
 pkgdesc="a graphical partition editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions"
_at_@ -12,6 +12,7 @@ install=
 subpackages="$pkgname-doc $pkgname-lang"
_at_@ -37,8 +38,11 @@ package() {
 md5sums="b9c5f6b5ffd37400bd4bf5929e9b1781  gparted-0.26.1.tar.gz
-c8a5842bf213ef02eeb85d95e3237372  musl-fix-sscanf.patch"
+c8a5842bf213ef02eeb85d95e3237372  musl-fix-sscanf.patch
 sha256sums="2f54b642d25aef5ccdd9f06671c16350c005834df5c3eb13a9b7f33246372dc1  gparted-0.26.1.tar.gz
-427c07a7b15deacaec7754960d883da8811b82272dd655cad27c6071269e8822  musl-fix-sscanf.patch"
+427c07a7b15deacaec7754960d883da8811b82272dd655cad27c6071269e8822  musl-fix-sscanf.patch
 sha512sums="cba792751f8e984cbb4e1e0baaa97d0022ba47bd400312734ed5ae4a1bea07bc46ed522ca19a84b74ad503387fc9bd9d9cd85cdd647ba2ec028b39f8da502b67  gparted-0.26.1.tar.gz
-aaa3f771e100d89c756c63e206090ada1c316b6028cb4ca79142a82fab7a29b54ac7229e06098eb5265bce32219a2df28f9f79c11d60d0f41ee9e538bb1f8641  musl-fix-sscanf.patch"
+aaa3f771e100d89c756c63e206090ada1c316b6028cb4ca79142a82fab7a29b54ac7229e06098eb5265bce32219a2df28f9f79c11d60d0f41ee9e538bb1f8641  musl-fix-sscanf.patch
diff --git a/main/gparted/ b/main/gparted/
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..d9e935b2ee29
--- /dev/null
+++ b/main/gparted/
_at_@ -0,0 +1,46 @@
+From 640709cd2eeb5037b871e6d96ffc186779bcf387 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
+From: Przemyslaw Pawelczyk <>
+Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 01:55:43 +0100
+Subject: [PATCH] Use reliable way of detecting gpartedbin process
+ existence.
+Grepping ps output had only one advantage, it's using tools available in
+any POSIX system.  pidof looks for exact process name, regardless of
+the path used to call the binary (which is not true for pgrep).
+pidof is provided by busybox, procps-ng, sysvinit-tools or as a
+stand-alone package on some systems.
+We cannot guarantee that if gpartedbin is running there, then it's
+really gpartedbin and not something else renamed to it.
+We could try to detect if it is at least gpartedbin from a known
+location by checking $(readlink /proc/$PID/exe), but it wouldn't prevent
+user from running its own compiled gpartedbin from other location.
+ps, pgrep or pidof are simply not the right tools to prevent running
+more than one instance of the program.  If such feature is really
+needed, then it should be built into the program to make it truly
+reliable (assuming correct implementation, obviously).
+Alternatively, if the program always run via one and only one
+supervisor, then the supervisor should be able to do the right job,
+because only parent process can reliably tell when it created the child,
+or when the child process execed into given binary or died.
+ | 2 +-
+ 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
+diff --git a/ b/
+index c435bac..625e50f 100755
+--- a/
++++ b/
+_at_@ -30,7 +30,7 @@
+ #
+ #  Only permit one instance of GParted to execute at a time
+ #
+-if test "z`ps -e | grep gpartedbin`" != "z"; then
++if pidof -s gpartedbin >/dev/null; then
+ 	echo "The process gpartedbin is already running."
+ 	echo "Only one gpartedbin process is permitted."
+ 	exit 1
Received on Sun Dec 04 2016 - 02:13:42 UTC