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dh_testroot ?

I just noticed the debian/rules file for mirrormagic which I inherited from
Joey Hess uses dh_testroot to check that the build is run as root (or

I'm wondering what the justification for doing this is.  It prevents, for
instance, a home user compiling his own deb before installing unless he
specifically compiles it under root or fakeroot.

I'm fairly certain this is a Stupid Question, but one way of learning is to
ask the stupid questions... ;)


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