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

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Sun Jan 22 18:32:12 UTC 2017

On Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:12:35 -0500 (EST), Robert Heller wrote:
>It is far too easy to *forget* that one is root and do something
>stupid.  Also it is possible to leave your system open to someone
>sitting down at your screen and doing something bad.

You could configure it that way, that an auto-exit/auto-log-out
happens, if the admin is inactive for a few minutes. assuming you
really should forget to have root permissions, which is very unlikely
for a health person. More likely are careless mistakes that happen one
way or the other, even if humans are healthy. You can't protect against
those human errors with or without using sudo for each single command.
So no, in my decades of using computers I didn't experience that
forgetting to be root ever was a problem. Serious user errors that
happen from time to time are made of other issues.

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