Re: Summary: logout/halt/reboot as ordinary user, gnome logout button?
On 14/12/99 Svante Signell wrote:
Potato does use PAM, at least in part, so it would be
possible to port usermode, though it wouldn't be
trivial, as Debian doesn't seem to be currently using the
pam-console part of PAM which is used to give special
privileges to users logged in at the console.
if debian does decide to port pam_console (which i have found to be
exceedingly buggy on redhat) I would hope that all the nasty
permissions changing on /dev/* files would be OFF by default. as
well as the privilege to shutdown/reboot (and the half dozen other
root tasks redhat gives away be default). such things are and should
be the decision of the local sysadmin. please do not add more work
to the install process to disable all these `features'.
not to say there should not be an option to easily allow users to
perform some tasks normally restricted to root only, I just think it
should not be the default. (or maybe its better to make it a debconf
question: promiscuous root? [y/N])