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Re: default MTA for sarge



On Tue, 15 Jul 2003 01:11:12 +0200
Sebastian Kapfer <sebastian_kapfer@web.de> 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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