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Re: RPM roadmapping

seth vidal wrote:
On Sun, 2007-07-29 at 00:20 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
User (as opposed to administrator) installs in their home directories. I could run say Mozilla Firefox extracted from a tarball but having a similar capability in RPM itself would be nice.

RPM should also recognize and use library files I have installed through other means.


It does not make sense to have rpm chase down paths which may or may not
be available at any given time. Let alone be able to maintain and verify
them. (think security updates)

It's worse than that. If you look carefully at his example, firefox, you'll notice this:

$ eu-readelf -d /usr/lib/firefox- | grep RPATH
  RPATH             Library rpath: [/usr/lib/firefox-]

Which means if you want it installed in a home directory, you have to modify all the binaries to look in a different path than they normally would -- rpath would need to point at something like ~pjones/usr/lib/firefox- .

If we're want to support something like this, the way to do it would be something like per-user unionfs namespaces. We'd still need some rpm help (it'd need to remap file ownership during installation, at the very least), but mostly the work isn't within rpm's scope.


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