[pacman-dev] [PATCH 10/11] makepkg: do not ask sudo password twice

Loui Chang louipc.ist at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 19:12:47 EDT 2010

On Fri 18 Jun 2010 08:19 +1000, Allan McRae wrote:
> On 18/06/10 01:09, Loui Chang wrote:
> >On Fri 18 Jun 2010 00:30 +1000, Allan McRae wrote:
> >>I think I have found the issue here.   We obviously have a NOPASSWD
> >>entry in our sudoers file so "sudo -l" does not require a password.
> >>
> >>So the bug is confirmed.  However the fix is not fully functional as
> >>if I have sudo installed but can not use it for pacman, then I can
> >>no longer fall back to using "su -c".  I'd choose excess password
> >>typing over functionality loss.
> >
> >Why not just take sudo and asroot out of the equation and treat makepkg
> >as a real non-handholding executable?
> What do you mean?   Remove automatic dependency installation or
> require the entire thin to be run as root?

Enable the entire thing to be run as any user.

A user does not necessarily need to be called 'root' to have package
manager privileges, nor do they need to be 'root' to have superuser
privileges, so why do we need a special flag for when the user does
happen to be 'root'?

I think a user should arrange those himself, rather than having makepkg
assume that he wants to become root via sudo. If the user hasn't
previously arranged the privs, then makepkg dependency installation
should fail.

In my opinion any use of sudo, and any restrictions on root in makepkg
should be removed. If you're keen to this idea I could provide some

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