[lsb-discuss] [packaging] RFC: Berlin Packaging API
robert.schweikert at mathworks.com
Thu Feb 28 06:42:25 PST 2008
Dan Kegel wrote:
> <robert.schweikert at mathworks.com> wrote:
>> ISVs MUST have the option to let their customers
>> install an application without root access.
>> Being able to tell the underlying system what is being installed and
>> where it is being installed is a convenience for the user and/or the
>> system administrator.
> Apps that are installed without root access should not
> be announced to the package manager.
Lets say I am a user and want to install application X on my system and
I do not have root access. I use the installer the app provides, the app
installs and all is well. At some point later I want to install
application Y, which happens to expect X to be present. As a user I
don't want to do the leg work of telling Y that X is really there and
where it is, I just expect the installer of Y to do the leg work for me
and figure this out.
As the provider of Y there is an obvious solution, ask the system if X
is installed and where it is. Then I can do the legwork for my user and
provide a reasonably pleasant install experience. Having the package
manager as that interface appears to make sense to me.
> I must not be
> understanding what you're saying.
> - Dan
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