Activity packaging

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at
Tue Jul 6 14:36:45 EDT 2010

On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM, John Gilmore <gnu at> wrote:
>> I think you are missing an important requirement: installation without
>> elevated permissions.
> Enhancing deb or rpm to be able to do this would be a win all around.

Yes, it's been in the To Do list for dpkg and rpm for as long as I've
been using Linux -- I asked about  this for rpms in '98.

Sadly, the rate of development around rpm and dpkg is... well... slow...

rpm has a leg up, anyway, in that it has (limited? buggy?) support for
relocatable rpms.

It would be amazing for the overall health of Linux distros if someone
took this on and worked on it all the way to getting it done and

Packages (and maint scripts) would need to be updated/adapted to
support this, and of course it's not appropriate for all packages.


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