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Re: debian and ubuntu - answer from user not pretending to be guru

On Sun, 3 May 2009 10:18:49 -0400
"Douglas A. Tutty" <dtutty@vianet.ca> wrote:

> On Sun, May 03, 2009 at 07:29:07AM -0500, John Hasler wrote:
> > Bret Busby wrote:
> > > Before I try it, please advise whether, in removing the sudo
> > > facility for users, the package management (both
> > > adding/removing packages, and, downloading and installing
> > > updates, and using synaptic) will work by entering only the
> > > root password.
> > 
> > The package management software just needs root privileges.  It
> > doesn't care how it got them.
> > 
> > Nobody is suggesting anything exotic here.  Sudo is intended to be
> > configured by the system administrator.  That's you.
> However, does the package management software (as aptitude does)
> store user preferences in the home directory?  If, for example, you
> always run aptitude as yourself then give it the root password when
> prompted, it stores your preferences in your home directory.  If
> you later run aptitude as root, those prefernces won't be active.
> Also, vis-versa.
> Doug.

I don't think that aptitude will run as $user, Douglas.  It always
runs as root.  At least, that's what it's always told me when I've
mistakenly tried to run it as $user.

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you
made them feel.

  --Carl W. Buechner

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