Torvalds:requiring root password for mundane things is moronic

Scott Doty scott at
Sat Mar 3 23:32:52 UTC 2012

On 03/02/2012 04:16 AM, Tim Waugh wrote:
> On Fri, 2012-03-02 at 05:21 -0600, Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ) wrote:
>> For printers, currently installing printers does not require superuser
>> privileges, but managing those printers installed by that user does.
>> Is it possible to make it so that printers installed by that user can
>> be managed by the user without superuser authentication?
> Yes, it's a policy.
> Also see this bug which I filed nearly two years ago on just this
> subject:
> Tim.
> */

They closed it as an upstream bug.  Then upstream, there doesn't seem to 
have been an investigation of the bug(?), and it was resolved.

Here is a new bug I filed at

And Tim:  I personally feel the handling of your bug was a process that 
could use improvement upstream.


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