coreutils su

Robert Connolly cendres at
Wed Jan 21 13:42:00 PST 2004

On January 21, 2004 03:11 pm, Archaic wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2004 at 06:14:40PM +0000, Ian Molton wrote:
> > define 'build a system'. Do you mean compiling? or copying executables
> > to the right places in the fs, or what?
> Are you trying to catch me at something, Ian? ;)
> [Normal person]
> If you trust the software, then building as root is fine, however for a
> general application, you should only install the built bins/libs as
> root.
> [Paranoid]
> Never build as root, just install as root.
> [Me]
> Never build as root. Never install as root. (When possible)

Anything that can be done as a normal user, should not be done as root.

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