apt & sudo question
auspex at pointerstop.ca
Mon May 16 16:55:10 UTC 2005
On Sunday 15 May 2005 19:10, jeff wrote:
> 1. How does one eliminate sudo and the root password. I've
> tried to work with sudo using "sudo -s" and I've edited
> the "passwd" and "shadow" password files to elimiate all
> passwords. The edits work on other distributions but not
> on Kubuntu. Also, using sudo is a waste of time. This
> computer does not have any security needs.
You've lost me. "sudo" eliminates the need for a root passwd. "passwd" would
be the correct way to eliminate passwords. I shudder to think what might
happen when you go editing the password files. How can your computer not
have any security needs? It's apparently on the Internet. QED.
"sudo" isn't a waste of time, since you _must_ be root to execute a great many
tools. The only way around regular use of sudo is to actually log in as
root. That's a quick way to discover exactly how much you need security.
> 2. I need to install a large number of development tools that
> don't change very often. They are available at the debian
> archive but it is a pain to use apt-get with this slow modem.
> Can I simply order a dvd snapshot of the debian archive and
> tell apt-get to use it? The dvd's at www.budgetlinuxcds.com
> are quite inexpensive and they have a debian snapshot with
> the needed files.
Absolutely. I've never actually used DVD snapshots, but I would expect it to
be identical to using a CD:
My sources.list contains (on one line):
deb cdrom:[Kubuntu 5.04 _Hoary Hedgehog_ - Release i386 (20050407)]/ hoary
Which should be similar for the CD/DVD for any Debian-based distro.
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