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Re: RHN-like applet for APT?

På Sat, Jan 03, 2004 at 09:25:04AM -0600, Jerry Haltom skrev:
> On Sat, 2004-01-03 at 08:10, Wouter wrote:
> > På Sat, Jan 03, 2004 at 02:42:57PM +0100, Michael Vogt skrev:
> > > On Mon, Dec 29, 2003 at 02:13:36PM -0600, Jerry Haltom wrote:
> > > > The first problem I see is the applet would need to check for updates,
> > > > without root access. I don't think the normal apt access methods will
> > > > work as a user.
> > > That's true. The infrastructure is already in synaptic, but the
> > > problem is the root access. A possible way to workaround this problem
> > > is to have alternative list, status and archive dirs. 
> > I suppose that the users that want an applet like the one described, will
> > have root access on the box they're monitoring. Why would one want to
> > monitor system updates if they can't be installed? So maybe it's an idea
> > (yeah, it's not a perfect solution) to require sudo (or even gnome-sudo) to
> > gain root access before apt-get updating.
> Updating isnt' the problem. Asking for root access before updating is
> definatly neccassary. What the problem is the applet sits passive in the
> background at all times, monitoring for updates. It cannot check for
> updates without root access, I don't think asking for the root password
> on every login to the Gnome desktop is reasonable.

Sudo is highly configurable. It's easy to allow a user to run apt-get
(as root, that is) without asking for a password.

  mvrgr, Wouter

PS. Please quote the original message correctly.
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