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Bug#391246: general: Buildds should consider changing $HOME

On Wed, OcFt 04, 2006 at 09:32:16AM +0200, Frank Küster wrote:
> However, I'd like to point out that this problem is not special to TeX.
> Many programs create ~/.progname directories when run for the first time
> - and these directories contain configuration options which might cause
> trouble, since they are not updated or subject to dpkg conffile
> questions when the package changes configuration options.  It might be a
> good thing to require such tools to have a commandline switch or obey a
> commandline variable that prevents this.  Alternatively, HOME could be
> set to the temporary build directory, so that everything happens there.

It seems to me that a package build should not
 * depend on $HOME not containing reasonable settings
 * change anything in $HOME

If the package runs some program which spews droppings all over $HOME,
or which might malfunction if the user has an unusual personal
configuration, then it should set $HOME itself.


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