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

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Fri Jan 27 13:28:13 UTC 2017

On Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:13:39 +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
>It was never the intent to discourage experienced admins from taking a
>different approach if they wanted to, nor specifically to deprecate
>"su"; all of that sort of thing is post-hoc rationalisation by others.


That is important! "su" is much welcome for other Linux distros and BSD.

>That said, I think there's some benefit to presenting a consistent
>approach to users, remembering that many people reading advice won't
>have that experience behind them, and prefixing commands with sudo
>where necessary is a pretty conventional way to do that by this point.

True for some target groups. Since Liam mentions Apple, while even
inexperienced Ubuntu users who might prefer GUI over CLI are aware
that there is a CLI, a lot of Apple users don't know, that Apple has got
a CLI.

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