Torvalds:requiring root password for mundane things is moronic

Miloslav Trma─Ź mitr at
Sat Mar 3 23:22:56 UTC 2012

On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 12:03 AM, Scott Doty <scott at> wrote:
> How about allowing all printer management of local printers (including
> adding a network printer, as Linus & his daughter were dealing with) with
> two factors:
> 1) user password
> 2) physical access
> ...because PolKit already knows when the user is sitting at the console,
> right?

"Sitting at the console" is not equivalent to "unrestricted physical
access" allowed, e.g. in any university computer lab.

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