sudo, su, root

Brian Puccio brian at brianpuccio.net
Sat Jun 11 17:27:29 UTC 2005


On Sun, 2005-06-12 at 00:05 +0700, Chanchao wrote:
> On Sat, 2005-06-11 at 17:31 +0200, Albin Blaschka wrote:
> 
> > no, this mail bears no questions, why I have no root account ;-)
> > Maybe it is the answer (relief?) for some of us. Others maybe may curse
> > me ;-)
> 
> Yup.. I sometimes wish the whole gnome environment had a quick switch to
> root..  Like run with 'safety off' for a while for as long as you need
> it.  This because using the GUI for basic file operations such as
> copying web files into the www folder,

As root, when setting up apache, I set up several virtual hosts,
basically, one for each user.  That way each user does not need to
escalate to root to change their website.  And it keeps them all from
messing with each other's websites.

> or installing a font

I drop them in ~/.font

Again, this keeps users from messing with each other's things.  I don't
clutter up the other user's fonts by adding the 5000 I like to have.
(Actually, I have no extra fonts)

> other minor administrative task doesn't work. 

The only thing I sudo for is apt-get update and apt-get dist-upgrade and
changing networking settings.

> This means I find myself in a text console way more often than I like.

I find myself at a console more and more, but that's because I'm getting
much better at it and I'm finding it faster to do lots of things.  The
one thing I found myself forced to a console recently was pairing my
bluetooth mouse I got.  But then again, a GUI for this is a priority for
Breezy and from what I hear, Windows doesn't play so well with bluetooth
either.

> It feels like going back to a Windows 3.1 era, when I also always had a
> command line open.  Since Windows 95 (And Apple long before that) I
> hardly ever needed the command line anymore.) 

I don't remember using the command line much during Windows 3.11.  I
know I set up a shortcut to go play Doom rather then run to a DOS
prompt.

One sweet bonus to storing your user's websites in their home folder and
their fonts is that all you have to do is backup that one folder, drop
it someplace else, and they are good to go.  To me it doesn't make sense
to keep user customizations outside of the user's home, even if all you
have is just one user.
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