Paul Smith paul at
Mon Jun 9 03:57:06 UTC 2014

On Sat, 2014-06-07 at 16:53 -0700, Bob Holtzman wrote:
> Actually, you can accomplish most, if not all, of what you need to do
> with sudo, but it is, at times, a PITA.

There is exactly _nothing_ about sudo that is more of a PITA than the
traditional method of getting root (su).  Sudo is in all ways more
powerful, useful, and better-behaved than su: su, like telnet as well,
is a really badly-designed CLI tool (thank goodness for ssh).

Perhaps you're comparing sudo to running as root all the time so you
never need to use any tools to get root access.  If you really want to
do such a terribly silly thing, you can give root a password with a
simple one-time command and do whatever you like afterwards.  If you're
too much of a newbie to know how to do this, then you're too much of a
newbie to run as root on your system full-time.

Ubuntu has this exactly right and should be applauded for taking this
completely sensible step.

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