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Re: Excessive root usage in Debian

On Tue, Oct 12, 1999 at 09:18:30PM +0200, Bjoern Brill wrote:
> For many programs, you simply need write (or better "append") access to
> where the files go. This could simply mean make /usr/local/bin
> /usr/local/lib and /usr/local/etc (remember its AIX, not FHS) writable by
> group, say, install. 

We already support that. :)

> It could also mean use ACLs (which Linux hasn't, but
> AIX has). In the case mentioned by me it means neither of these since the
> site uses a package "management" system called "opt-depot" which allows
> easy and flexible NFS sharing of executables. It uses separate trees
> rooted at /opt/depot/<package>-<version> and symlinks to make the files
> visible in globaly useful places like /usr/local/bin.
> Sometimes you have to remove chmods from a makefile manually, but then
> the AIX people have to edit makefiles themselves a lot anyway so this 
> doesn't really hurt them.
> You can't do basic system upgrades this way, but you can install bash,
> tetex, gcc, exmh, ...

We can support trivial cases / third-party software installs fairly
easily as well. The trouble is with installing stuff into /usr and
/etc--a problem I don't know that anyone has solved.

Mike Stone

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