Subject: Re: pkginstall framework changes
To: Stephan Thesing <email@example.com>
From: Johnny Lam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/15/2006 10:17:14
Stephan Thesing wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Mar 2006, Johnny Lam wrote:
>> Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 09:17:42 -0500
>> From: Johnny Lam <email@example.com>
>> To: Stephan Thesing <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Cc: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <tech-pkg@NetBSD.org>
>> Subject: Re: pkginstall framework changes
>> Your analysis is exactly right. I think we should just generate
>> install scripts not during the build phase, but "just after" the build
>> phase. I had originally put it into post-build when I started out
>> because I was hesitant to add another layer between "build" and
>> "install", but I think we're beyond that now.
> what would be wrong with doing that at pre-install: time?
It's a question of the ownership on the created files. The "install"
phase is run as the root user while all the preceding phases are run as
a normal user. Having files owned by root in the work directory
complicates some ancillary steps, like "make clean". Also, just in
general, we'd like to do fewer things as root.
-- Johnny Lam <email@example.com>