how to 'rip apart' a rpm.

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Tue May 18 02:47:33 UTC 2010

On Monday 17 May 2010, Dennis Gilmore wrote:
>On Monday 17 May 2010 08:40:31 pm Ed Greshko wrote:
>> On 05/18/2010 09:09 AM, Tom H wrote:
>> > On Mon, May 17, 2010 at 7:49 PM, Rick Stevens <ricks at> wrote:
>> >> On 05/17/2010 02:12 PM, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> >>> Clarify here: I can do all that as the user. What I can't do, until
>> >>> somebody decides to fix mkinitrd, is to run it as the user. That is
>> >>> my specific bitch. And I think its perfectly valid. mkinitrd simply
>> >>> will not run for anybody but root.
>> >>
>> >> And this is a bad thing? I, for one, don't want some low-level user
>> >> installing a kernel on my machines. I don't want them installing
>> >> ANYTHING that's global.
>> >
>> > +1
>> I get the feeling that Gene isn't talking about the actual installation
>> of the initrd image.  I think he is wondering why something like...
>> mkinitrd /tmp/xxx
>> needs root privileges to run.   Is there anything inherently wrong is
>> expecting that to work?
>"dracut /tmp/test.img" works just fine as an
>unprivileged user
Thank you Dennis. I just installed it, hopefully with the manpages to explain 

Cheers, Gene
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