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BlackMan890
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:24 am    Post subject: usr Vs root (why be afraid?) Reply with quote

Almost in every case, in almost every manual, it always advises you to login to KDE as root.

Now i ask you, why is that?

You may say because you can destroy your system and bla bla bla bla....

But i love being root :)
the power i hold in my hand.

Everytime in linux, i have like 1 - 4 terminal windows open at the same time, all at root for like the whole day or so, because i love, not have to be worrying that i have access or something.

So should i worry?
should i run KDE as root.

You tell me :)

give me your ideas, maybe what you use root to and maybe when you use root and so on so that i can mabye get to know how powerfull (or destructive) root can be and how dayli uses should be :)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it was discussed more than 1 million times. Try to use google. It's not only "distruction", but also security.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You love being root huh?

Put up your IP address, and I'm sure we can arrange to have someone show you why that's a bad idea.




Seriously though, it's dumb. Very dumb. Because any exploit targeted at your system will inherit the priviliedges of the current user, the root user in your case. Which then gives the attacker root-level access to your system. And if they were really feeling nasty, they could just throw a "rm -rf /" at your system, and you could spend the next 10-12 hours thinking about how dumb it is while you're rebuilding your system from scratch.

If you like access without the burden of typing in passwords, learn to use sudo.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i recall thinking along those lines "back in the day", when i was migrating from ms-dos. the first time i completely fscked up my system, via a minor typo, cured me of it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

YD wrote:
I think it was discussed more than 1 million times. Try to use google. It's not only "distruction", but also security.

Second that, a lock?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:49 am    Post subject: Re: usr Vs root (why be afraid?) Reply with quote

BlackMan890 wrote:
Almost in every case, in almost every manual, it always advises you to login to KDE as root.

This sounds dubious. Can you provide evidence that the world is awash with these manuals?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ive logged KDE in as root and as user, both without a hitch. lately once i get my system fully built i add a user and when in a WM and i need to emerge something i use use the su command.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Filan wrote:
ive logged KDE in as root and as user, both without a hitch.

Yeah, it won't be a problem every time, but sooner or later it'll catch up with you.

Plus the last couple of versions of KDM won't let you log in as root by default.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: usr Vs root (why be afraid?) Reply with quote

BlackMan890 wrote:
Almost in every case, in almost every manual, it always advises you to login to KDE as root.

Funny, I never came across one of these "manuals". Moved to dups in favour of post 2431134. Search reveals more.
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