Re: Safer package installation
May I remind people that Debian does not depend on any
de-install scripts written by package developers, which could have
bugs and throw the whole system into chaos (which is just one of the
reasons behind the desire to have a secure package installation).
So, deinstallation on Debian is already a snap. (Or in any
case, no worse than the remove symlinks method would be. May I point
out that the simplistic find /remove process is itself a security
loophole; but doubtless an actual implementation could try taking
care of that.)
IMHO, dpkg provides most of the security functionality that
the "install under /opt and then symlinc into normal areas" would.
What do we really gain? You are in effect asking us to change
the core of what is our package management system; you have to
demonstrate your method is actually more secure than dpkg (I admit,
the current default of having --force turned on is bad, but the
default can be changed).
You don't yet have a prima faecie case
who has been watching Perry Mason re-runs.
Never simply say, "Sorry, we don't have what you are looking for."
Always say, "Too bad, I just sold one the other day." -- Robert
Manoj Srivastava <url:mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mobile, Alabama USA <url:http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>