[PATCH] portmaster with SU_CMD

Jo Rhett jrhett at svcolo.com
Thu Jan 3 18:01:59 PST 2008

On Nov 12, 2007, at 12:04 PM, Jeremy Messenger wrote:
> I don't count this as a good reason, since there is no reason to do  
> it in complicate way for portmaster. The portmaster required root  
> for install, so why not just login as in root and run portmaster?

So why does the ports tree currently allow you to run "make install"  
as non-root and escalate when necessary?


>> You do have a good point but I have yet to see configure/build  
>> will mess up the filesystem, which

Heh, if I cared enough I could dig up a few dozen examples.  Most  
people aren't good scripters.  Even fewer are good at autoconf, and  
voila you get runaway commands that import the root directory and  
execute it...

>> place) around in / filesystem a few of times. Kind of no difference.

Big difference.  Easy to read install: before running make.  Hard to  
read autoconf scripts.

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