Re: simple dpkg & compile from source question
On Sun Apr 28, 2002 at 01:51:39AM -0700, Vineet Kumar wrote:
> * craigw (firstname.lastname@example.org) [020426 20:19]:
> > I don't think you need to build your own to accomplish this.
> > dpkg -i -R /usr/local package.deb
> > should install 'package' in /usr/local
> > If I am wrong please someone correct me. I have seen this in the manpage
> > for dpkg, but have never used it.
> It's 'dpkg --instdir=/usr/local -i package.deb'
> This technique is *very* useful for building chroot jails!
a-ha. Thank you. I've been wondering about that. You see, the manpage
for dpkg lists a -R flag twice, and I find it very confusing. First is
-R | --recursive
(recursively install all debs in dir & subdirs)
Okay, makes sense, no problems there. But then, only a couple lines
farther down, is this mess:
-R | --root=dir | --admindir=dir | --instdir=dir
Change default directories. admindir defaults to
/var/lib/dpkg and contains many files that give
information about status of installed or unin
stalled packages, etc. instdir defaults to / and
refers to the directory where packages are to be
installed. instdir is also the directory passed to
chroot(2) before running package's installation
scripts, which means that the scripts see instdir
as a root directory. Changing root changes instdir
to dir and admindir to dir/var/lib/dpkg.
I have been wondering, what the heck are they trying to say here, why
do they reuse the -R, and most of all, what is this one any good for?
With your answer I have the beginnings of comprehension.
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