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Re: User-installable Debian packages?

* Simon McVittie:

> On Sat, 22 Jul 2017 at 12:28:04 +0200, Steffen Möller wrote:
>> And quite some packages in our
>> distribution do not really need to be installed as root if they were
>> installed where the user has write permissions. There would hence be
>> little overhead over what we have now. Should we not somehow find ways
>> to tag any such location-agnostic packages and prepare dpkg for
>> installing e.g. in $HOME/.debian when it is executed as non-root?
> Rather than inventing a new wheel and having another Debian-specific
> thing that can only be used on Debian (and not even on derivatives
> without it being a "Frankendebian" system), might it be better to use
> Debian's source, binaries or a mixture of the two as input to creating
> something cross-distribution like Flatpak, AppImage or Snap? I would
> personally recommend Flatpak.

But it's not clear if the HPC community wants to run
containers/namespaces at all.  Maybe Steffen can comment.