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Re: Announcing apt-watch: a Gnome 2 panel applet to check for upgrades

On Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 07:21:41PM +0100, Emile van Bergen wrote:

> What part of the process requires root privileges, exactly? A mere check
> for updates ideally shouldn't change anything on your system, just
> queries the dpkg database and apt sources, so I see no theoretic reason
> for it to require a suid helper? That would also solve the
> authentication problem.
> Unless dpkg even disallows read-only access to the database to non-root
> users. I wouldn't have a clue why it does that then, though.
Every time I run apt-get update as a non root user I always get the 

magus@malek:~$ apt-get update                   
E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (13 
Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock the list directory

So there is a lock file setup of some kind that requires root. Sadly I 
am not adept enough to know the why or how of it.


Matthew McGuire

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