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Re: Experiences with compiling Debian

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joost witteveen:
> So, there's a first version of fakeroot sitting in
>    ftp://rulcmc.leidenuniv.nl/debian/upload

I suggest a simpler solution, which doesn't require intricate
hacking to work:

At the moment, "debian/rules binary" is executed as root so
that the files installed will have the correct ownerships
and permissions, and because a handful of packages do special
stuff that requires root priviledges. For the vast majority
of packages, if we run "debian/rules binary" as a normal user,
and modify "dpkg --build" to create the tar file so that files
have the expected ownerships, there will be no problems. (I've
tried it with one of my own packages.)

Setuid executables and other special permissions and ownerships
would need to be handled in some way, perhaps by listing them in
a file that "dpkg --build" reads.

Some packages would still require root priviledges, because
they do something else at installation time that requires it. I
don't know off-hand of any examples, and it might be possible
to circumvent this by doing it in the postinst.


(I'm not against fakeroot; I'm just hoping for a simpler
solution.  KISSing is fun. :)

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