Running as root ( was Re: Change Permissions (snip)..Problem Solved )

User Iam vramnum10 at
Wed Jan 10 01:52:09 UTC 2007

On 1/9/07, Peter Garrett <peter.garrett at> wrote:
> On Tue, 09 Jan 2007 02:47:57 -0600
> mtyoung <tuxman at> wrote:
> > I really don't understand why so many people think that logging in as
> root when needed is such a bad thing, although I can certainly see a better
> way to accomplish what I needed to do.  See my other post "Vote for new
> Ubuntu Feature---Let's try it again".

It is not a bad thing....

I have been doing it for the past 15 years...

su to root when you have things to do..

I never log into a root gui...

Only use root at the CLI..

And yes, root is a name that hackers can attempt to exploit..
That is what good passwords are for...

And yes..
The sky is falling..

Just ask chicken little...

Good Luck

User Iam

I suggest that you ask yourself these questions:
> "Why have UNIX permissions evolved as they have over the last 35 years or
> so, and is there a reason that they exist in this form?"
> "Why are successful attacks on UNIX and Linux systems less common
> proportionally than those on Windows systems ?"
> "Do I want to foster good habits, and use my system in a responsible way,
> including not exposing other people on the Net to exploits that allow my
> box to act as a base of operations for black hats?"
> There are probably a few other questions of a similar kind that could be
> asked, but these spring to mind...
> Only you can decide, and of course you are free to configure your system
> as you see fit. Ubuntu is Free Software in that sense, and, with
> administrative privileges, you are free to make the wrong decisions on
> your personal machine  ;-)
> Peter
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