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

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Jan 10 01:56:32 UTC 2007

Peter Garrett wrote:

> More simply, it is incredibly easy to make a 
> mistake dragging and dropping stuff around, for example - say you
> accidentally moved your /etc/ directory to your /home directory....
> don't laugh, stranger things have happened ;)

I wouldn't laugh, but ime it's easier to make fatal errors in the CLI than
in the GUI.  So you drag /etc to /home/$USER.  Big deal, you drag it back.
You delete it: you pull it out of the trash can.  You _really_ delete it: 
oops :-)  What you can't do is the sort of thing I mentioned, where
accidentally getting a space in the command line creates a totally
different command.

Which, yet again, doesn't mean I support the use of a KDE/Gnome desktop as
root - though I _do_ still have a "Konqueror as Root" menu option (I'm
pretty sure Ubuntu had this until Breezy, Debian certainly had it, and I
missed it).

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