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Re: help

In <20110202113302.GH3865@fischer>, Chris Bannister wrote:
>On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 12:37:05AM -0600, Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote:
>> In <20110131040038.GA3315@fischer>, Chris Bannister wrote:
>> >On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 02:40:01PM +0200, Andrei Popescu wrote:
>> >> If you do an expert install you are offered the choice to disable root
>> >> logins and use sudo instead. Yes, this is on Debian, squeeze installer.
>> >
>> >Oh!  ok. Then again, "expert" does imply that you know what you are
>> >doing, which seems a bit backwards.
>> I maintain that experts will be more likely to use sudo than su.  It
>> provides better granularity and helps avoid password sharing.  A password
>> shared is a password compromised.
>Right. But being the expert you probably won't be asking questions where
>the answer is something like "sudo <whatever>"

It's more rare, but it's not unheard of.  My google-fu keeps most of my 
questions off the list anyway.

"sudo " is shorter than saying "as the root user: ".  "su -c " is longer than 
"sudo ".  Explaining how and when to "su -" and "exit" is usually longer than 
any of them.  None of them are correct on all systems.

So, it's not about being correct.  It's about being both terse and 
descriptive at the same time.

If the reply comes back with "su doesn't work" or "sudo doesn't work", you 
can see they missed the point entirely and educate them about what is "being 
root", the dangers of "being root", and how to do it on various Debian-alike 
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