Hello World

Marko Rauhamaa marko at pacujo.net
Thu Jan 8 15:06:16 CET 2015

Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com>:

> With sudo, you get MUCH finer control. I can grant some user the power
> to run "sudo eject sr0", but no other commands. I can permit someone
> to execute any of a large number of commands, all individually logged.

I can't remember ever having a need for that. I sometimes use sudo but
most times su is the way.

> I can allow sudo to other users than root, without having to reveal
> those accounts' passwords (chances are they don't even have
> passwords).

An administrator doesn't need the users' passwords for anything but
should be assumed to know them.

> But sure. If you want to cut out complication, dispense with user
> accounts altogether and run everything as root. That's WAY simpler!

In the era of personal computers, the main advantage of the root account
is that you can breathe more easily as an ordinary user, as the
potential for accidental damage is lower.


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