James Freer at
Mon Jun 9 07:51:11 UTC 2014

On Sun, 8 Jun 2014, Paul Smith wrote:

> 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.

I think it is more to do with the typing sudo in front of the command... 
compared with being root and carrying out a number of commands. I now have a 
load of aliases in my .bash_aliases file and almost never use sudo directly. 
e.g. 12 aliases for apt-get alone. That brief 30 mins setting up the file was 
time well spent.


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