Re: Root users shell == no existant shell /bin/bash

From: Matt Piechota (
Date: 07/09/04

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    Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2004 15:18:49 -0400 (EDT)
    To: Roger Marquis <>

    On Fri, 9 Jul 2004, Roger Marquis wrote:

    > Where do people come up with these folk "rules"? I spend all day
    > working in various root shells as part of my job. Couldn't do it
    > otherwise.

    It depends on what type of work you're doing, I suppose. The idea is you
    should only use root for things that are absolutely necessary. In theory,
    you should read man pages, investigate everything, and pull up a second
    shell as root just it issue commands with it. The reasoning is if there's
    a bug in a program (like man, or lynx, netscape) you could hose the whole
    system up if you're root (or get it infected). On the less paranoid side,
    a mistype as root could have rather bad consequences.

    Matt Piechota
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