Subject: Re: python24-2.4.4 needs privileges to "make clean"
To: Christoph Badura <>
From: Adrian Portelli <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/09/2007 21:35:20
Christoph Badura wrote:
> After the update to 2.4.4 lang/python the work dir can't be cleaned as
> unprivileged user anymore:
> ===> Cleaning for python24-2.4.4
> rm: /m/pkgobj/lang/python24/work.i386/Python-2.4.4/Lib/plat-netbsd3/regen: Permi
> ssion denied
> rm: /m/pkgobj/lang/python24/work.i386/Python-2.4.4/Lib/plat-netbsd3/ Permi
> ssion denied
> rm: /m/pkgobj/lang/python24/work.i386/Python-2.4.4/Lib/plat-netbsd3: Directory n
> ot empty
> rm: /m/pkgobj/lang/python24/work.i386/Python-2.4.4/Lib: Directory not empty
> rm: /m/pkgobj/lang/python24/work.i386/Python-2.4.4: Directory not empty
> rm: /m/pkgobj/lang/python24/work.i386: Directory not empty
> *** Error code 1
> --chris

Hi Chris,

There are a few packages like this and Python has been like that for a
while (maybe not 2.4 but I definitely have seen it when building Python
myself in the past).  There are also other packages that need to be the
superuser to build.  I think it would be nice to fix this in some
'global' way as I don't believe it is possible to fix all the packages
that do this on an individual basis.

We could add something like a NEED_PRIV_CLEAN directive to the Makefile
and when this is set require that the 'clean' target be done as the
superuser.  Just a thought.