Newbie question on permissions

Michael M. nixlists at
Sun Apr 2 15:08:28 UTC 2006

Daniel Carrera wrote:
> If you are alone at home, have no kids, and you never use that 
> terminal, then it's probably ok. The greatest risk is that you'll 
> forget that you are root and use the terminal to do something 
> dangerous. Not a huge risk, but still not a necessary one. For 
> example, when I began using Linux 8 years ago, I was in that situation 
> (alone at home as root) and one time I accidentally deleted my mouse 
> device. I had to get a friend to get my mouse working again.
> If you are not alone (e.g. are at work, have kids or a cat) the risk 
> increases accordingly. A kid is more likely to break something out of 
> ignorance, and your cat might walk on the Enter key at the worst 
> possible time.

So instead of "My dog ate my homework," now it's "My cat ate my mouse"?


"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions 
of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to 
dream." --S. Jackson

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