Re: Automatic software installing (like Win. 2000)
On Thu, Aug 26, 1999 at 01:11:24PM -0400, Ben Collins wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 26, 1999 at 01:19:56PM -0500, Ashley Clark wrote:
> > On Wed, 25 Aug 1999, Sami Dalouche wrote:
> > > I would like to know if there's a possibility with apt (or something else)
> > > to do the same that windows/Office 2000.
> > > It installs automaticly new software from the CD when you want to start a
> > > non-installed function.
> > >
> > > It could be great if under Debian, when we type a command that don't exist,
> > > it would automaticly search the command from a small APT database or from the internet if diald|direct connection is here.
> > > And we could specify in a conffile to download the software or to install
> > > directly from the CD.
> > >
> > > Wouldn't it be cool ? Is it possible to program ?
> > Egads man! That would be a lot of work, for it to work (I personally wouldn't
> > want it on my machine for numerous reasons) you'd have to make *EVERY* program
> > that executed a program check with apt/dpkg to see if a package contains that
> > executable. The only other way around it would be to write a wrapper program
> > that would take as arguments the command line to search for and possibly
> > install. This would be easier but you'd still have to tell all other programs
> > to change what they execute in order for your program to search for new
> > packages.
> You could just get really spiffy and rewrite glibc's exec*() calls to do
> all of this. Then when you execute a command as root, like accidentally
> typing ssh instead of sh, then all of the sudden you have an import/export
> restricted piece of software automatically installed on your system!
> Or better yet run some scripts that try to exec programs that aren't
> available and see how much you can overload your bandwidth!
> Sorry, auto updating packages to the latest version is one thing, but auto
> installing is down right dangerous. Just because it's "nifty" and "easy"
> doesn't mean it's a good idea. Gee, Windows itself is "nifty" and "easy"
> isn't it? :)
Thank you very much for all your answers. I didn't imagine this as hard as
it is and didn't see the dangerous aspect of it.
As a result, I will wait a bit before beginning so difficult and dangerous
software like this.
But your answers were very helpful.
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