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Re: PackageKit policy: background and plans

On Fri, 20 Nov 2009, Owen Taylor wrote:

On Fri, 2009-11-20 at 11:50 -0430, Robert Marcano wrote:
On 11/20/2009 10:04 AM, Matthew Garrett wrote:
I know basically nobody who, on a generally single user system,
explicitly switches to a console to log in as root and perform package
installs there. If you're not doing that then the issue is basically
moot - a user-level compromise will become a root-level compromise the
next time you run anything as root.

I do that on critical workstations because a long time ago an old
(fixed) bug killed my X session when updating and messed my system, so I
do not trust too much updating base X components using a GUI. on my
personal systems, yes I use the GUI method

This actually is one of the big advantages of PackageKit - because the
installation is being done by a daemon rather than a process running in
your session, if the X session dies during package installation, you
won't be left with a half-completed transaction.

Though that only helps from the command line if you use
gpk-install-package-name rather than yum. Probably not too many people
do that :-)

if you install from the command line using yum and you're worried about the install obliterating your X session I would recommend using screen.


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