Any way to install .deb packages without giving root access?

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  1. wearetheborg

    wearetheborg Registered Member

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    Is there any way to install .deb packages without giving root access?
    That it, I have root access, but I dont to give root access to the .deb package.
    This is for instance to install the .deb of SipderOak online backup took, or to install the .deb of openoffice.
     
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    Aside from the responses you've received elsewhere, a few ideas.
     
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    Hey if you've got a fast machine with enough memory - compiling shouldn't be a problem. Course you'll need the headers ....
     
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    Thanks, I forgot to say that whenver sources are available, I compile and do local install; this query is for when only the binary is available.
     
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    Haven't you ever tried from a user account to use sudo in front of the command that installs the .deb package? For example, some .deb packages really need root access to install.

    $ sudo dpkg -i <nameofpackage.deb>

    The above command works great and will install any .deb package that needs root access without the user having to switch into the root account to issue the dpkg command to do the install. Its very much like "run as", but for the root permissions.

    -- Tom
     
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    Yeah, as I mentioned in the OP, I want to avoid giving root access/permissions to the .deb package in case it installs some malware in the system.

    I received this reply which kinda addresses the security issue.
    http://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ithout-giving-root-access-824207/#post4056080
     
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