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Re: New su behavior in util-linux 2.32

On 2018-08-11, Pétùr <peturvilj@gmail.com> wrote:
> Le 11/08/2018 à 16:03, Curt a écrit :
>> There was a lengthy discussion, but within it I don't remember anyone
>> detailing the numerous reasons (or any reason at all) executing plain
>> 'su' is a "really bad idea," (where I'm reading "really bad idea" to
>> mean having unintended and very detrimental consequences to the
>> hapless user).
> Sorry I missed the discussion (it was during my vacation). I read it
> quickly and, indeed, there is no proper explanation why old "su" is
> dangerous to use or a bad idea.

No one said the old su was dangerous or a bad idea. The new su came about
because "all other distributions are using the implementations from


What was said here (in the NEWS or NOTES or some official document
quoted in this thread) was that executing "su" without any arguments
rather than "su -" was a very bad idea (so that those bitten by the fact
the new, improved su doesn't reset the PATH are kind of getting what
they deserve anyway for being ignorant).

"She was a blank wall, fresh painted." 
Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine

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