Port installation without root access

Frank J. Laszlo laszlof at vonostingroup.com
Mon Feb 13 19:08:25 PST 2006

chris at i13i.com wrote:
>>     This has been on my TODO list for quite some time now, and I havent
>> really gotten around to actually implementing it. As it stands right
>> now, I have a script that allows normal users to build/install ports
>> with some environment trickery and a few hacks. I'd like to integrate
>> this into the ports system. so it would be as simple as a user
>> specifying a particular variable in their environment, NOROOT_BUILD, or
>> something along those lines, as well as other user specified variables
>> to allow full installation without root access.
>>     Normal users would be able to maintain their own package database,
>> and their own upgrades locally. Obviously we do not want to give normal
>> users access to ALL the ports, so i propose adding functionality to
>> allow the system admin to customize what the normal users have access
>> to. Such as a config file that says which ports they can and cannot
>> install, or whether to allow normal user installations at all.
>>     At this point im just probing for interest, and hoping to recruit a
>> couple port guru's to give me a hand with some of the details. :)
>> Regards,
>>     Frank
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> Hello,
> If you are going to allow users to install packages you mind as well give
> them root or admin privileges i dont see the point in letting users able
> to install [ackages on a machine which has more then one user on it but i
> am just commenting as most users normally need to install a couple things
> mostly irc crap like eggdrops or bnc's i have never had a email from a
> customer saying please install KDE for me

That is very true.. but you have to remember. not all users are going to 
be remote. There are other uses for freebsd than a web or a shell server.


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