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Re: May a package assume that builds are performed with root-like rights?

Thomas Viehmann <tv@beamnet.de> wrote:

> Daniel Schepler wrote:
>> Here's a thought: how hard would it be to make TeX fall back to caching in a 
>> directory under the user's home directory (maybe $HOME/.fonts/texmf or so) if 
>> it can't write to /var/cache/fonts?  pbuilder does have $HOME set up to work 
>> all right with BUILDUSER{ID,NAME}.
> Well, some people think that writing outside the build-dir is a FTBFS
> bug as well[1].
> 1. http://bugs.debian.org/336014

Well, yes, but I think things are different here.  I think nobody would
object if a package writes into /var/ or /tmp, and ours is just another
case of /var usage.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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