unionfs and software installation
Posted Jan 19, 2008 0:59 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: unionfs and software installation
Parent article: State of the unionfs
users still need to ask an administrator to install packages.
I wasn't aware that was the case. Isn't that a weakness in the installer or the package being installed? You should be able to install the files in any directory you like and use PATH and other environment variables to make them found (even in preference to another version in a system directory).
The direction the Unix world has been moving in for allowing users to install things is for each user to have his own Unix system with root password; but at least in the old days, installing something privately in a home directory without system privilege was something explicitly allowed for. In fact, you could have multiple levels of administration: E.g. system, department, team, person -- all through the use of PATH etc.
It isn't acceptable for an unprivileged user to override /bin at the filesystem level, because setuid programs rely on certain file names referring to certain files.
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