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Re: Why use fakeroot when compiling kernel?



IMO and many will tell me I'm wrong. tools like sudo and fakeroot make sense on a large system where you have to give more than one person root rights for some things but do not want to give them this power for everything. On a system where there is only one person who can do everything root needs to do I think they introduce just one more way to get root or at least part of root. I will admit that I know more about sudo and not so much about fakeroot.

On Sat, Jun 23, 2001 at 10:59:47AM -0500, Ken Januski wrote:
> Thanks Ray,
> 
> Let me rephrase the question. I've never used fakeroot or sudo but
> realize that they allow root privileges without being root. What I'm
> wondering, and I know this is very basic, is why it is better to do
> whatever you're doing as a fake root rather than as the real root? Is it
> a matter of security, convenience, what?
> 
> Ken
> 
> 
> 
> ray p wrote:
> > 
> > If you are using kernel-package you have to have root rights to compile it. Using fakeroot lets you do it without being root kind of like sudo.
> > 
> > On Sat, Jun 23, 2001 at 10:40:34AM -0500, Ken Januski wrote:
> > > Thanks to all who've helped me in recompiling my kernel. I used
> > > kernel-package on one debian box and it worked fine. But now I'm   about
> > > to do it on another more important box and I'd like to know why I should
> > > not do this as root, as I did on first box, and instead use fakeroot or
> > > something similar.
> > >
> > > I'm sure there are very good reasons. I'd just like an explanation of
> > > the problems created by running it as root and the virtues of not doing
> > > so. Thanks for your patience in answering a basic question.
> > >
> > > Ken
> > >
> > >
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