craigwhite at azapple.com
Fri Jan 19 03:55:03 UTC 2007
On Thu, 2007-01-18 at 22:37 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote:
> >Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the beagle indexer will
> >only run for the logged-in console user, and I suppose it's possible it
> >doesn't run at all for root if not explicitly enabled. The index is
> >stored in the user's home directory.
> You are saying in effect then, that it is disabled for root?
I believe that he is saying that he doesn't run GUI as root so he can't
possibly know. What is known is that the default environment for root is
decidedly different than for users and that is why it is not recommended
to run GUI as root. It's untested since it is not recommended.
> That seems
> very counterproductive when its root that might have the most use of that
another perspective is that UNIX embraces running with the least
privileges necessary as a core concept and by running GUI as root, one
basically violates a core operating premise. The OS that routinely has
'superuser' running GUI is Windows and we all have seen the security
issues that has raised.
> I thi-ahh know, I need a whole handfull of aspirin before I could
> justify that headache. Its senseless, or nonsense to me.
I tend to respect the core premise not to run as root unless necessary,
in deference to the people who conceptualized all of the tools that are
available to me...I believe in their greater knowledge. In the face of
knowing that running GUI as root is not recommended, it seems senseless
to me to do so.
> If that's the case, is even the manpage disabled for root?
dunno - 'man beagled' seems to work fine as user or root. Perhaps you
are not aware of the man pages available for the 'beagle' package.
$ rpm -ql beagle|grep '/usr/share/man'
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