[Slackbuilds-users] building everything as root

Patrick J. Volkerding volkerdi at slackware.com
Wed Apr 9 21:29:09 EDT 2008

Grant wrote:
> Simple, slackers like to live dangerously :)  It's historic, based on the 
> way standard slackbuilds work.  SBo decided to integrate their slackbuilds 
> with the distro, hence follow similar patterns.
> The alternative is to build from source, but then you miss out on the 
> standard slack packaging tools, and this may lead to difficulties if the 
> source does odd things to the OS.

How would building from source change anything?  You'd still have to be 
root to install the software with a "make install".

The rationale for building packages as root is that "make ; make 
install" is normally done as root as well, so this keeps the package 
builds close to how a manual build would be done (which is probably the 
most tested, and therefore reliable, method).

Take care,


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