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Re: Imported io-lib, a Staden library

On Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 10:10:09AM +0200, Andreas Tille wrote:
> I do not know about --root option but when snapshot.debian.net was
> functional I used this and pinning via /etc/apt/preferences.  If you
> implement some snapshot.debian.net like repository and educate users

At the risk of exploding a holy flame war, this is something RedHat
did years ago with rpm and it proved to be very useful at times. It's
certainly a feature I've missed with apt.

Requiring editing of /etc files doesn't really solve the problem.
Normal users who may wish to maintain their own software tree (as is
the case with Tim's comments on /software/<package_or_group>/...
directories) should ideally be able to just do "apt-get install --root
/software/fubar xyzzy".

I suspect it's possible by hacking configuration files and using -c,
or if all else fails just hacking the source, but making it easy for
users to maintain their own private package tree would be one start
down the road of encouraging then to package up their own software in
.deb files.


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