Why do all the sudo? [was Re: Software updater no longer functional]

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Sun Jan 22 17:43:46 UTC 2017


You are comparing oranges and bananas.

It's no problem if a user prefers

  sudo -s

or

  sudo -i

or even

  su

but it's also no problem, if a Wiki explains something step by step.
It is good practice for a documentation, to do it step by step.

A user also might prefer to use command line features, as well as
combinations of commands, that make daily usage of the command line
comfortable, but a howto less clear. If I edit a Wiki I don't use
command line short cuts, neither long lines that make my work-flow more
pleasant, with lots of pipes and things like this. I even avoid
bashisms.

I most likely would use

  $ su
  # apt update && apt install linux{-image,-headers}-4.4.0-21-generic

but writing a Wiki like this

  $ sudo apt update
  $ sudo apt install linux-image-4.4.0-21-generic
  $ sudo apt install linux-headers-4.4.0-21-generic

the first is more comfortable, the latter is easier to understand.

Regards,
Ralf




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