root vs user. installing firefox

Ralph Porter rportermail at gmail.com
Sat Dec 20 13:10:40 PST 2008


> But yes, the root user does have completely unlimited access.  From the
> CLI a single misplaced '/' character can be absolutely disastrous when
> given as an argument to say, rm.  Makefiles (well their source) are
> written by people.  People are not perfect, we all make mistakes from
> time to time.  Then there are other people who are destructive and would
> take pleasure in you destroying your system. When working with elevated
> privileges, there is just that one more chance to screw up badly.
>
> Remember that all rules are written from somebody's past experience, and
> most times you can be thankful that it is not your own.  Even though you
> don't fall or crash into people every time that you run, I doubt that
> you run across the room as fast as you can every time you get a pair of
> scissors in your hand.  Corny example, but any unnecessary risk is silly
> if there is no real gain.  IMO, typing five less keystrokes ('sudo ')
> when you *need* elevated privs, is not a major inconvenience,
> considering the risk.
>
> -- DJ Lucas
>
Thanks DJ,

I must have missed a step somewhere sudo is not in /etc


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