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Re: Root privilege (SOLVED)

On Wed, Jan 10, 2007 at 07:10:25PM -0500, Douglas Tutty wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 10, 2007 at 10:52:11PM +0000, Wulfy wrote:
> > Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> > >Of course, some things simply cannot be done without a GUI.  Or at least
> > >they cannot be done efficiently.
> > I've seen people before say that there are things that can't be done in 
> > a GUI, but most of the GUIs seem to be crippled in one way or another 
> > that is not inherent in their "GUIness".
> > 
> > Can you give me an example of something that can't be done (even if only 
> > efficiently) in a properly written GUI with a working X Window System? I 
> > accept that X may have to be restarted after the action.
> I think the question got turned around.  I don't doubt that it is
> possible to make a GUI do anything that a text-mode app can do; it may
> even be possible to do it as securely.
> What I'm curious about is Roberto's claim that "some things cannot be
> done without a GUI..."
> Like what?  Limit it to things that need to be done with somewhat-root
> privilages (i.e. not viewing the night sky).
> I'm really interested in this.  If there's something that root has to do
> that requires a GUI and hense requires X, then I better start writing a
> non-GUI app to do it.
Sorry.  My statement was not meant to imply that there is anything that
requires root priviledges *and* a GUI (other than brain-dead things like
the Oracle installer).  Just that some productive tasks are impossible
or nearly so without a GUI.



Roberto C. Sanchez

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