Casper.Dik at Sun.COM wrote:
>> Yeah, you'll notice that if you try to su to root and run installers
>> that run pkgadd internally. I use this method, and the StarOffice 8
>> installer failed quite mysteriously until I realized it was just an
>> instance of that problem and reset TMPDIR to something else.
> This, unfortunately, kills the whole idea in my mind.
> (I vaguely remembered similar issues from the past)
> And while we all agree that not being able to use $TMPDIR should
> not cause a horrid failure in any application, I'm afraid that
> we'd need to fix those bugs first.
> (Strange, though, since installers usually run as root; so this
> was with an NFS $TMPDIR?)
No, it was just running the installer within a setuid wrapper using a
local $TMPDIR set to 700. Not really a recommended practice, so I don't
know that it's fatal to the idea, just pointing out that it does in fact
happen for some cases.