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Re: Log in as Root

Postby grimdestripador on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:17 pm

I control what I do to my computers


This is an issusion of control. The basis of the logic stems from the flawed logic of more 'power' = more 'control; Do you sharpen a pensil with a wood chipper? By having too much power, you actually have less control. When logged into a GUI as a normal user, you know the limits of your actions. You know the scope of our actions; No extra code is ran. No system modifications are achieved outside of what was permitted. That is control, the system escilated privilages just enough to perform an action, performs only the action requested and reports back to me what its results are.

You really want a user with super-user privilages. Because root, is not a standard user. Linux programs are written under the assumption that they will be ran as a standard user.

You want control? Learn how to control not brute.
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Postby lsatenstein on Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:26 am

kenetics wrote:I know how to login as root, but without being in root how would one do something like adding XMMS skins to usr/share/xmms/skins? Or easily delete a bunch of unwanted wallpapers in usr/share/backgrounds (can only do 1 at a time in Desktop Background menu)?


When you deal with many files, that you receive, and have to move groups of them, based on certain names to other users directories, then you need to log to command line and do it one at a time.

Just look at the following type of situation

mv gronk*.doc /home/OtherUser/Documents
rm gronk *.doc

With command line, the error is "Whoops", I did not mean to delete *.doc

With GUI interface as Root, it is a select, cut, paste and the redistribution is mostly done. (What will be left to do will be changing ownership and possibly file permissions)
That is why allowing root in GUI is now the norm. Root login is protected by a password.
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Re: Log in as Root

Postby Simtech68 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:35 am

No offense but the same thing could happen in a GUI just as well......"Whoops I didn't mean to click that...."

Just like with any powerful tool care must be used and checks must be done, assuming leads to mistakes.

Quite frankly "rm" and "mv" are two totally different types of key strokes
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Re: Log in as Root

Postby js3915 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:12 pm

lsatenstein wrote:mv gronk*.doc /home/OtherUser/Documents
rm gronk *.doc

With command line, the error is "Whoops", I did not mean to delete *.doc


Its possible to accidently delete a whole folder too in a gui

lsatenstein wrote:With GUI interface as Root, it is a select, cut, paste and the redistribution is mostly done. (What will be left to do will be changing ownership and possibly file permissions)
That is why allowing root in GUI is now the norm. Root login is protected by a password.


Dont need to login via root simply a user with Sudo access can right click on a folder choose open as root enter in your password will elevate your file manager temporarily till you close file manager and you can move edit delete etc. No need to log out and log into root then back out and into your normal account.
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Re: Log in as Root

Postby dupek on Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:08 am

Some asked a simple question and got %99 wrong response. Too many dumb ass "preachers" concern about the safety of a piece of software. Ubuntu is worst that Windows and with more secrets that Vatican. I tested many distros and the Slack based are the best as they do not rob you of your freadom. If I mess up - not a big deal. In 10 min and have my MBR ( dual boot with Win7) restore and Linux partition wipe out. Ready to reinstall. Right now, downloading anothe distro and see how this goes. Linux was supposed to be free - free whatever to hell I want. Sorry Mint - I do not like secrests.
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Re: Log in as Root

Postby Pilosopong Tasyo on Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:16 am

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