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    Just Joined! ugjka's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    Maybe to allow non-root users to install specific software they need using convenient package handling tools; which now that I think about it doesn't sound like a bad idea. If a bit complicated to implement securely.
    Sounds useful but unfortunately I know no distro that "officially" supports installing packages under home.

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    I don't know any distro that support packages management under home. Nevertheless, it is possible to work around it, and install some packages under home, especially if you don't have root access on your machine.

    To answer the original question, I believe that the main purpose for allowing only root to write the /usr/bin, /bin, /sbin, /usr/sbin directory is for security reasons. To my knowledge, this is main reason why Linux is inherently safer than other OS, since software cannot be installed directly by a user. The extra step of entering the root password makes you think about what is going on with your system.


  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by ugjka View Post
    I wonder what exactly is your problem and what are you trying to achieve.
    Well, I may get untrusted software from a repo, and I wanna know that my system will be OK..... Not too tall of a request is it?


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