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Re: default MTA for sarge

On Wed, 16 Jul 2003 00:15:24 +0200
Sebastian Kapfer <sebastian_kapfer@web.de> wrote:
> On Tue, 15 Jul 2003 20:30:25 +0200, David B Harris wrote:
> > On Tue, 15 Jul 2003 14:01:54 +0200
> > Sebastian Kapfer <sebastian_kapfer@web.de> wrote:
> >> I don't have experience with real web servers (only a very small private
> >> one).
> > 
> > That would be the problem, I think.
> That doesn't answer the question though. What do non-admins do on a web
> server which requires shell access? I'm puzzled.

Eh? I never said "non-admins". You're entirely missing the point, and
missing words in my emails.

I said, briefly, that much *of the time* spent doing routine
administration work can be done as a nonprivileged user. Now, you may be
able to type at 200 words per minute, but I'm betting you can't read a
manpage in less than a second. Only very few commands need to actually
be run as root, and that's what sudo is for.  Even if I was logged in
*as root* because there was no nonprivileged account available, I would
still use sudo for the audit trail which has proven invaluable in the

If you would like some specific examples of what things can be done
without administrative privileges, here are a few commands:

ls (1)               - list directory contents
cat (1)              - concatenate files and print on the standard output
apt-cache (8)        - APT package handling utility - cache manipulator
vi (1)               - text editors

Get the picture? There are times when you actually need to run ls, cat,
and the rest as root, but they're relatively rare. Add your
nonprivileged account to the "adm" group, and you'll be able to read
(but not write to) pretty much every file that you'll need to consult
for diagnostic purposes.

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