[maemo-users] [maemo-users] Re: Bricked a third time

From: Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Date: Mon Feb 12 23:31:47 EET 2007
On Mon, Feb 12, 2007 at 08:13:47PM +0000, Neil MacLeod wrote:
> Richard Pickler wrote:
> >The second time, I was installing some packages I built myself, and it 
> >crashed, which I could not recover from. (this one I'll take the blame 
> >for).
> Why should you take the blame? This is a consumer oriented device and 
> software installation is promoted as a user feature - it should not brick 
> the device, period!

I'm pretty sure you can install apps from the tableteer certified
repository without bricking the device.

It's impossible to prevent packages from other repositories from doing
so.  Package installation can runs arbitrary scripts as root, and you
can't prevent root from destroying a Linux system.  (Well, maybe if you
lock it down with capabilities/SELinux/something else, but it's hard to
do so without making unable to do anything useful.)

There's a lack of a safe middle ground.  Something like the Maemo Extras
repository, where the packages (uploaded by the Maemo community) have
been tested extensively (again, by the community).  Something like the
Debian unstable/testing/stable split.

Marius Gedminas
Added mysterious, undocumented --scanflags and --fuzzy options.
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