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Re: Installing debs in ~user/ or /usr/local?

On Sat, May 05, 2001 at 10:00:14PM +0200, Egon Willighagen wrote:
> Hi all,
> maybe it is a stupid question, but can debian packages be installed in other 
> places than / ?

It is not a stupid question, IMHO.

Unfortunately, I believe the answer is "not in general".  One of the
problems is that .debs tend to install config files in /etc.  I would
suggest a search of the -devel archives, as this has come up at least
once in the past year or so.
> I know that when the package is compiled the Makefile has a $DESTDIR
> attribute, but is this preserved in the deb package?
> This issue came up when i tried to convince someone that debian packages
> are a good addition to tar.gz for distribution... but one argument he gave, 
> was the question if non-root users could install debian packages?
> Is this possible?

I think it is desirable, but I think it requires non-trivial changes
to several bits of the packaging system.  If you do the search of the
archives, you might post a summary of what you find, to refresh our


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