On 08/08/12 03:16, Ulrich Dangel wrote: > Currently the default PATH for Debian does not include /sbin, /usr/sbin, nor > /usr/local/sbin. If an user wants to run a program in either /sbin/ or /usr/sbin > the full path must be specified. > > Some programs don't necessarily need root privileges like blkid, iwconfig, > ifconfig, service etc. and can be partially useful for the normal user. > > If a program requires root privileges, sudo is nowadays a standard solution (the > debian installer even automatically installs sudo undder specific circumstances). > To run a program as root with sudo the user must specify the correct path, e.g. > sudo /usr/sbin/visudo instead of just sudo visudo or su -c visudo. > > Changing the default PATH for normal users to include /sbin, /usr/sbin as well as > /usr/local/sbin would be a great thing for simplifying command line usage for > normal users. > > If /sbin, /usr/sbin and /usr/local/sbin are added at the end of the PATH there > should be no problems for existing environments if there are programs with the > same name in /sbin and /bin… > > I know that these changes are late in the release cycle so I suggest to make the > changes for Jessie. > I think this is a great idea :) You can't imagine how much I blame Debian each time I have to type the full path "/sbin/ifconfig" as a non-root user on virtual servers to just know the IP address the DHCP server assigned to the machine.
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