Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 480439
RFE: Revisor should not require root access
Last modified: 2009-01-31 20:35:59 EST
Description of problem:
When launching revisor, it immediately asks for the root password which suggests that it runs with full root authorization afterwards. This is probably unnecessary and should not be the case. I should be possible to create a spin as an ordinary user using globally writable directories/files or (better) carry out all necessary operations confined to the user's home directory.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Launch revisor.
Revisor asks for root password.
Revisor creates GUI window immediately running with limited rights.
I do not see the need for running revisor as root. For creating RPM packages using 'rpm', this mode has long been deprecated. It is much better to set up the build directories locally in the user's home directory and create them as ordinary user with limited rights. As of F10, /usr/src/redhat/.. does not even exist anymore. Even when running 'rpm' as root, the build process happens in root's home directory. The same reasoning applies to revisor, at least in my eyes.
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database. Reassigning to the new owner of this component.
This is not a bug in the Revisor software, we do require root privileges to set up loop devices and so forth.