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Re: Connecting those interested in getting GT.M into the Debianrepositories

On Tue, Sep 07, 2010 at 01:59:33PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> > Preference for no root owned files in the .deb distribution files: I have a
> > preference for not including any files owned by root in the .deb distribution
> > files.  This makes it easy for anyone who wants to analyze a package to be able
> > to unpack it without needing root access.
> Debian binary packages are archives in GNU ???ar??? format, that contain two
> compressed tar archives, control.tar.gz and data.tar.gz. Installed files are in
> control.tar.gz and although they are owned by root, tar will substitute the
> ownership for the local user, so there is no need to have a root access to
> inspect the contents of a Debian package. In summary, you can just type ???ar -x
> packagename.deb??? and then ???tar xfz control.tar.gz??? to unpack a package in the
> current directory.

Additional note: Most modern filemanagers are able to open / view *.deb
files.  I'm using MidnightCommander which is perfectly able to handle
the content of *.deb files.
Kind regards



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