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

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Daniel Burrows wrote:
> On Mon, May 04, 2009 at 08:51:28AM +0300, Andrei Popescu <andreimpopescu@gmail.com> was heard to say:
>> On Sun,03.May.09, 10:18:49, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
>>> 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.
>> It's a bit more weird than this (I thought about filing a whishlist 
>> bug): when you start aptitude as user it uses his preferences, but as 
>> soon as you switch to root (via the menu items or when prompted) 
>> aptitude also switches to root's preferences. Kinda' confusing.
>   There's a long and fairly tortured history behind which configuration
> aptitude uses when.  Basically: if aptitude uses $HOME instead of
> changing to /root, then it'll end up sticking root-owned files inside
> the user's home directory, including files the user might not be able to
> read and/or delete.

But if they can run aptitude in the first place, surely they could
either su to root or use sudo to read or delete the files. Just my opinion.

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Harry Rickards (a.k.a l33tmyst)

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