[SM-Grimoire-Bugs] [Bug 9050] New: fakeroot: provide a fake root environment

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Sat Jun 4 21:35:57 EDT 2005


           Summary: fakeroot: provide a fake root environment
           Product: New Spells
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Spell Submission
        AssignedTo: sm-grimoire-bugs at lists.ibiblio.org
        ReportedBy: acedit at armory.com

Fakeroot runs a command in an environment were it appears to have root
privileges for file manipulation, by setting LD_PRELOAD to a library with
alternative versions of getuid(), stat(), etc. This is useful for allowing
users to create archives (tar, ar, .deb .rpm etc.) with files in them with
root permissions/ownership. Without fakeroot one would have to have root
privileges to create the constituent files of the archives with the correct
permissions and ownership, and then pack them up, or one would have to
construct the archives directly, without using the archiver.

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