Easy "Add/Remove Porgrams" for non-sudoers with local PREFIX?

Carsten Agger agger at c.dk
Fri Dec 21 21:09:03 UTC 2007

Carsten Agger wrote:
> Mackenzie Morgan <macoafi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> You´d have to have special packages for local and for system-wide.
>> ./configure is during compile, not during installation, so you´d have
>> to compile twice for each package to have one that goes in ~
> Yes, that might be a problem - a solution might be to grab the source
> code when installing to ~ and then compile on-the-fly - which will, of
> course, make installation take a bit longer, especially on older/slower
> machines.
> Still, I think the inability to easily install locally, without using
> sudo (and without bothering other users) is a usability problem -
> however, if the directory/path structure is laid down at compile time,
> it may not be easy to come up with a satisfactory solution.
> I still think it'd be a very nice feature to have, though - allow people
> to have the Add/Remove goodness even without being sudoers - it would be
> a huge improvement in all many-user environments.

Anyway, I know that Mark Shuttleworth recently said that such
suggestions are much more welcome from "people with patches" than from
"people with demands", however of course it wasn't meant as much as a
demand as a suggestion - being able to easily install programs without
having admin rights where not needed *would* be a good idea, I think. I
*might* have a go at a patch, however this would have to be after the
holidays ...

so Happy Holidays, everyone


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