Re: Bug#175937: apt: 'does not manipulate the state of the system' wording
On Thu, 9 Jan 2003, Dan Jacobson wrote:
> etc. well, isn't adding things to the package cache changing part of the
> system? OK, it should be more clear...
> one test is could apt-cache be setuid root?
No, the cache is entirely a transparent and non-user visible component of
the APT system. You cannot use apt-cache to change the standard cache in
any way that is user visible.
Anything the add command does to the system cache will be automatically
undone the next time apt-get is run. It's only useful if an alternative
cache is specified on the command line.