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Bug 265583 - portage should have the ability to configure the 'superuser' at runtime
Summary: portage should have the ability to configure the 'superuser' at runtime
Status: CONFIRMED
Alias: None
Product: Portage Development
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Enhancement/Feature Requests (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Portage team
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Reported: 2009-04-09 21:49 UTC by Andrei Slavoiu
Modified: 2009-04-10 08:04 UTC (History)
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Description Andrei Slavoiu 2009-04-09 21:49:17 UTC
On a gentoo machine I have a second ROOT where I want to give a regular user the ability to install packages. I know there is a config option for portage to change the root usr, but since I use the same portage as for my main ROOT I can not use this.
What would be best is to have an option in make.conf, say PORTAGE_SUPERUSER=<username> that defaults to 'root' if not explicitly specified.

Reproducible: Always
Comment 1 Jeremy Olexa (darkside) (RETIRED) archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2009-04-09 21:58:39 UTC
You may be interested in http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/gentoo-alt/prefix/ - Seems like this project aligns with your goals, unpriveledged and offset.
Comment 2 Andrei Slavoiu 2009-04-09 23:33:30 UTC
I'm aware of the "Gentoo Prefix" project, but I don't think it would work for me, the ROOT that I want to be managed by a regular user is used for crosscompiling, using crossdev-wrappers.
Comment 3 Fabian Groffen gentoo-dev 2009-04-10 08:04:01 UTC
anywayz, zmedico if you look into this, please also consider the Prefix code, such that we eventually can both share the same code.