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Installation of packages in home directories.

Le Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 03:20:46PM +0200, Giacomo A. Catenazzi a écrit :
> Anyway RH has support to install packages in own homes. This kind of
> abstraction could be nice to have.

Hi all,

I would really love to have such a functionality in apt. At work, we use shared
workstations that run old Centos systems (that is, the current release at the
time the workstation was delivered), and we more and more often have to
recompile software in our home directories to benefit the latest updates. Given
the possibilies of breakage, it is of course not thinkable to just update one
program centrally without the unanimous consent of all the users, that nobody
has the time to seek for except it is really vital.

I think that if Debian could provide an easy way to install programs in user
directories (which means: not ‘dpkg --root’, that does not take care of
downloading the dependancies), this could be a real plus to become the OS of
choice on that type of machines. 

This said, it only represents a small fraction of our user base…

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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