[arch-general] makepkg as root

Mark Lee mark at markelee.com
Sun Jan 4 03:11:53 UTC 2015

On 01/03/15 21:24, Eli Schwartz wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 4:34 PM, Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at rocketmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Linux and BSD user space is software based on other software. Yaourt
>> and some other software does need pacman. Pacman needs bash, curl and
>> other packages and those packages depend on other packages too.
>> This policy does only work, when there are agreements about backwards
>> compatibility.
>> makepkg provided the --asroot option and within a major release it
>> dropped backwards compatibility. Fortunately it is a minor issue that
>> --asroot is dropped, but the real issue is that it already might be a
>> fashion not to care about other software, not to care about work flows,
>> IOW to be careless, ignorant.
> So what exactly is the issue here?
> pacman has engaged in healthy thought about the respective pros/cons of
> removing --asroot, and you acknowledge that that is all right... therefore
> it necessitates mentioning that Just In Case on a completely unrelated note
> everyone gets attacked by a vicious case of wanting to drop backwards
> compatibility for the lulz, we should remember it is a Bad Thing to do so?
> -- Eli Schwartz
I believe the issue is deprecation of a feature utilized by an AUR (non 
officially sanctioned) package (yaourt). It should be the responsibility 
of the AUR maintainer to engage in discussions regarding deprecation of 
official features; and it should be the AUR maintainer's responsibility 
to modify their packages accordingly.

With that in mind; how will building on live cd's as non root work? Will 
users need to trivially make a pacman user for building packages?


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