Re: What is the best way to manage 3rd party debs?
On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 09:08:07AM +0200, Aniruddha wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-08-12 at 20:44 -0300, martin f krafft wrote:
> > also sprach Aniruddha <email@example.com> [2008.08.12.2023 -0300]:
> > > If I understand your correctly I can install deb from any 3rd party provider without fear of b0rking my system. If this is true I don't understand why you warn
> > > against checkinstall.
> > checkinstall is used to create deb files and it's broken.
> > If you install a third party deb, you should inspect its contents
> > exactly to make sure it doesn't touch files in /etc. Also check the
> > hooks. If there are no problems, then it's probably safe.
> Thanks, I'm beginning to understand now. To make it more concrete I've
> written down what I think is the correct procedure to check deb files:
> 1) Run 'dpkg-deb -e *.deb' and read postinst, postrm, preinst, prerm to
> check if it contains the sentence '/etc'.
> 2) Run 'dpkg-deb -x *.deb' and check if doesn't overwrite anything in
> ' /etc' (or other important locations).
> Is this correct? Thanks!
Sort of ... but I usually focus package file in mc and hit return key.
That takes less typing.