[maemo-users] Installing apps when there's no installer

From: James Sparenberg james at linuxrebel.org
Date: Sat Oct 27 03:43:00 EEST 2007
On Friday 26 October 2007 17:37:24 James Sparenberg wrote:
> On Friday 26 October 2007 17:12:26 Peter Flynn wrote:
> > Thanks Jonathan and James for pointing out Application manager to do
> > this (far too easy for my tortured mind :-)
> >
> > It's always surprising and pleased to find that someone has taken the
> > trouble to include this kind of functionality in an application.
> >
> > Any thoughts on how to force a large .deb to use a different directory
> > for installing its files? I don't want to start installing it only to
> > find it doesn't allow the install directory to be changed, and then just
> > goes ahead and hangs the system because it's used up all available disk
> > space in /
> >
> > ///Peter
> No easy method no.  On the other hand one of the first things a deb
> installer does is check to see if it can install.  (meaning it has enough
> space) and then bomb out if it doesn't.
> I might be possible to unpack the deb and do some hand manipulation (also
> involves a chicken bone and eye of newt at midnight.)  but no easy way I
> know of.  Problem here is that the creators of deb/rpm/etc haved
> intentionally pushed this function to the side to maintain ease of use for
> the greatest number of users.  Those of us who dare try the chicken bone
> ritual are on our own.
> oh and you can't execute a binary from the mmc cards by default either. 
> File system mount thing.
> James
That should have been "No easy method I know of, no" sorry forget to typ ALL 
the words.


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