On Tue, 15 Jul 2003 01:11:12 +0200 Sebastian Kapfer <email@example.com> wrote: > On Tue, 15 Jul 2003 00:20:09 +0200, David B Harris wrote: > > (I think we should let this side-discussion rest soon, as it doesn't > contribute anything new.) > > >> What use would a user account on a simple Apache box have? No desktops, > >> no shells. Just Apache. Everything that is done on that box requires > >> root permissions. (OTOH, this scenario cries for remote delivery via > >> SMTP anyway. Should the Debian minimal MTA support this?) > > > > Honestly? Practically, install sudo(8) and use your regular user account > > for everything except for that which requires root privs. > > Do people use their web server for regular work? I have a server in mind > which does nothing but serving HTTP. (Uploading data via FTP doesn't > count.) What tasks would you perform on such an installation without being > root? The situation is different for a desktop box of course, where root > logins are a big no-no. I'm talking for routine administration. A surprising percentage of time spent doing it can be done as a noprivileged user.
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