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Non-Root Package Managers

I work extensively on a remote system where I do not have admin rights. However, I am allowed to install my own binaries and programs under my home directory where I have about 10 GB of space. Unfortunately doing this manually for many packages is becoming increasingly tedious.

I am wondering if I could use a package manager like apt to install/update/remove local installations. Is this feasible? Are package managers designed to support this usage? What are the steps I need to take to install apt as my local package manager?

marked as duplicate by Gilles, Renan, jw013, jasonwryan, daisy Oct 30 '12 at 0:17

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This question is relatively similar to your problem. From the answers, it seems that neither dpkg nor apt have this capability. The answers suggest the usage of debootstrap and fakeroot but no clear answer was provided on this. An other suggestion is to compile from source, but this is no package manager.

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