Improving sudo hint in shells [was: Re: gnome terminal]

Xavier Claessens xclaesse at
Fri Jan 20 09:48:53 GMT 2006

Le vendredi 20 janvier 2006 à 09:49 +0100, Martin Pitt a écrit :
> Hi Dmitriy!
> Dmitriy Kropivnitskiy [2006-01-19 13:35 -0500]:
> > Unfortunately, explaining things like sudo involves explaining a lot of
> > concepts unknown by a regular user. 
> Agreed, but if a user wants to use a terminal, then he is already an
> advanced one, I guess.
> > As it is, the phrase "To execute a command as root, run "sudo
> > <command>" and enter your password" is a piece of complete nonsense.
> > Do not forget that to a normal person, execute means "to kill
> > publicly" and root means "part of a plant".
> True, I'm open to improve the wording and would appreciate a short
> discussion and consensus about it. What about
>   To run a command with administrator privileges (as user "root"), use
>   "sudo <command>". Please see "man ubuntu_sudo" for details.
> (That manpage is still to be written, of course). I think that
> pointing to a wiki page is a bit bad since it is inconvenient for
> computers without a permanent internet link. Alternatively it could be
> a local web page in ubuntu-docs.
Far better like that. What about a ghelp:// link instead of "man
ubuntu_sudo" (but I see gnome-terminal doesn't detect all
gnome-url-handlers) ? And I suggest to add something like "WARNING:
Running commands with administrator privileges can cause security

Xavier Claessens.
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