TJ Heaney tjheaney at gmail.com
Thu Nov 29 22:38:24 GMT 2007

I can see what I can do about writing up the part on the dangers of using
root.... Gives me something else to do to help me procrastinate doing my
homework ;)

On Nov 29, 2007 3:26 PM, John Edwards <eric.the.grey at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Nov 29, 2007 10:10 AM, Neal McBurnett <neal at bcn.boulder.co.us> wrote:
> > I think a sudo tutorial is a very interesting idea.  Don't know how
> > hard it would be to do it right since there is ongoing frustration
> > with the lack of "root" in some quarters, there are language barriers,
> > and it would in some sense break most of the help pages out there.
> >
> However, if done correctly, the frustration with the lack of root control
> could be addressed in such a tutorial at the same time.
> Give the tutorial a name like "How to access root control" and then have
> it stress the dangers of using root, prior to opening the door and giving
> the new user their wings.  At that point, if they screw it up, they've
> nobody to blame but themselves.
> If such a thing is put on the desktop of every new install and made very
> obvious to the new user, it might mitigate the overall problem from both
> sides.   It's a bit longer view for solving the problem, but I think it's a
> good idea.
> John Edwards
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