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

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Jan 10 13:56:22 UTC 2007

Jeffrey F. Bloss wrote:

> User Iam wrote:
>> I never log into a root gui...
>> Only use root at the CLI..
> For some people I'd wager this is even worse than logging into a full
> blown GUI as root. Especially converts who might be use to doing things
> 100% graphically. It's the difference between handing someone a gun
> they're familiar and practiced with, and one they're not. They're far
> more likely to come away with self inflicted holes while flailing about
> in unknown waters with a loaded weapon.

Yes, I think that's the essence of what I was discussing with Peter.  I
definitely feel that I'm more likely to do something bad from the CLI.  I
don't know if that's quantifiable.

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