[pacman-dev] [PATCH] Remove --asroot switch from makepkg.

Loui louipc.ist at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 11:00:52 EDT 2008

On Wed, 18 Jun 2008 08:25:14 -0500
"Dan McGee" <dpmcgee at gmail.com> wrote:

> So when this patch first got sent, I saw it as something that was just
> provided to the list for convenience, not really a candidate for
> merging. Do you guys think this should make it into makepkg? I'm not
> against removing options from makepkg, I just hadn't heard too many
> complaints about this option after we added it and people got used to
> it.

Well, my opinion is that makepkg shouldn't hinder an admin user any
more than say `rm -r /*` or other similar wonderfully destructive
commands. Besides, --asroot is yet another flag, adds more code and
complexity, and can hinder root users from even doing small non-build
tasks. I use makepkg as another user most of the time, but I'll use it
as root every once in awhile and I found --asroot to be a bit annoying.

Warnings are nice, but when you start to block functionality it really
becomes a babysitting feature.

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