[arch-general] Why is it dangerous to run makepkg as root?

Oon-Ee Ng ngoonee.talk at gmail.com
Sat May 17 14:44:46 EDT 2014

On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 12:57 AM, Bigby James <bigby.james at crepcran.com> wrote:
> On 05/17, Dimitris Zervas wrote:
>> On May 17, 2014 5:22:32 PM EEST, Roland Tapken <ml at lalamuhkuh.de> wrote:
>> BTW: Another good idea that would be helpful is add comments on installed packages on pacman. e.g. why did you install them. But that's another thread
> No offense, but if you need to ask yourself why you installed something *after*
> you installed it you almost certainly never needed it in the first place, and if
> you need the package manager to *tell you* why you installed it you're being
> careless. If you're installing something just to try it out then do so, and if
> you don't care for it then uninstall it right away. If you're wondering what use
> you might have thought you had for that package some time after installing it,
> the package description should give you some clue. What you're suggesting is
> that someone write extra code for a feature that encourages carelessness and
> laziness. It stands to reason that if an explicitly installed package is sitting
> on your system and it isn't a dependency, and you can't recall putting it to
> use, it can be removed.

makedeps of AUR packages, for one. Or optdeps.

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