root in FC 10

homburg at homburg at
Fri Dec 5 16:56:03 UTC 2008

On Fri, 5 Dec 2008 08:25:15 -0500
Robert Moskowitz <rgm at> wrote:
> Already done that. Just chirping in again about why
> someone relatively sane would want to log in as root...
I'm sure that I will get blasted for writing this but this
is an issue that seems overdone. Whatever self-inflicted
damage I can do as root I can do with su.

There are many reasons that I like to boot into a new
install as root to L5. There are quite a few things
that need to be done as root. Sure, I can do all of these
tasks from a terminal command line in L5. However, it is
more time consuming and sometimes arcane (trying to find
the correct executable). 

I don't think that best practices preclude logging in as
root. In contrast, I think that the idea is to use an
alternate user as your regular log-in, using root only as
required. Again, I am unable to appreciate a great deal of
difference between logging in as root and using su
providing that you are only logging in as root to do system
configuration and maintenance. 
"Neither Lifestyle nor Agenda"

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