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

Stephan Hermann sh at
Sat Jan 21 12:29:01 GMT 2006

On Friday 20 January 2006 20:29, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 20, 2006 at 12:31:44PM +0100, Stephan Hermann wrote:
> > this is not a canonical way for people running kubuntu (kubuntu-desktop).
> > (ghelp:// or http://)
> > Right now, the message is inside /etc/bash.bashrc as simple echo. And it
> > needs some adjustments.
> >
> > 1. Hints on how to disable this message
> > 2. More hints to a local (installed on the system) document where the
> > hints to use sudo the right way are hiding
> > 3. That it can be dangerous to run applications or utilities as
> > superuser.
> >
> > I think that's all what it needs.
> The message isn't intended to be full documentation, only a very brief hint
> to set the user in the right direction.

That's no. 2 :)

> I like Martin's idea of creating a man page based on the existing
> documentation, and referring the user to that.

Yes, I think it's the most usable way to give the user more information. When 
they are using the console, they can use "man" as well :)


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