package users: re-adjusting the toolchain

Chris Staub chris at
Wed Aug 30 11:07:50 PDT 2006

Brandon Peirce wrote:
> Why root?
> Of course you can always achieve this with root, but that's kind of 
> missing the point of package users technique, (and also violating 
> principle of least privelege).
> I concede that the motivation for why you would use the package users 
> technique in the first place is much less applicable to the 
> installations in /tools than to the final installations in /usr.  
> However from reading the experiences of people who have used this 
> technique, they all say that you should start with it from the 
> beginninig because you make life really difficult for yourself if you 
> try to switch half-way. I therefore assume that if Angel has got this 
> far with package users, he has been using them also in Ch 5.  I'm also 
> assuming that the numeric user IDs of the package users in the chroot 
> match those on the host, otherwise it will be a real mess.

You're not *supposed* to be using package users in chapter 5. It's only 
in chapter 6. The only package installed using package users so far 
should be glibc.

> Hmmm.  A lot of assumptions.  I concur with your earlier statement about 
> the level of experience need to use the package users technique compared 
> with the type of questions asked.
> Brandon

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