[Pipet Devel] RPM for the local app broker?

J.W. Bizzaro bizzaro at bc.edu
Fri Apr 9 12:54:09 EDT 1999

"J.W. Bizzaro" wrote:
> I meant to say that RPM can only install when it is run by root.  If the user
> does not have access to the root account, he cannot use RPM to put anything
> anywhere, not even in his own directory.

Good news!

I just tried a few things with RPM.  You can change what RPM considers the root
directory (/) to any other directory and use a database other than the "main"
one at /var/lib/rpm/packages.rpm.  These flags are used to do this:


The user can otherwise "run" RPM without the root account.  The flags will let
him set up an RPM installation wherever he wants it.

So it looks like we _can_ use RPM _unmodified_!  I would, however, like to use
the extension ".locus" rather than ".rpm" for the loci packages.

And maybe we can someday have a URL: locusfind.net :-)

J.W. Bizzaro                  mailto:bizzaro at bc.edu
Boston College Chemistry      http://www.uml.edu/Dept/Chem/Bizzaro/

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