From: Donncha O Caoimh (donncha.ocaoimh at domain tradesignals.com)
Date: Thu 08 Apr 1999 - 09:10:16 IST
Well, I'm quite an experienced Linux user but I was coding a shell
script once that was supposed to recursively delete some directories but
ended up deleting a few system directories because I accidently
misspelled a variable. I think it stopped at /bin because it deleted rm
or cd or something..
William Murphy wrote:
> Donncha O Caoimh wrote:
> > Why bother running an OS that protects its' files from accidental user
> > deletion when you use it as a super-user who can delete these files
> > anyway. Makes no sense. Might as well use Windows..
> > Making yourself a normal user forces you to be conscious of what you are
> > doing in the filesystem because you can't do aything to the system
> > directories without typing "su" and typing the root password any time
> > you want to do something dangerous.
> > It makes you feel a lot safer when you know you can do rm -fr / and only
> > mess up your own files..
> > Also, if people see you're running as root on a site that's accessible
> > from the Internet you'll more than likely be a target for cracking
> > attempts or at least for packet sniffing.. *probably*
> Not meaning to sound arrogant, but I believe that most experienced linux users
> will be able to avoid doing anything too stupid - in two years of using linux,
> I believe I have never munged my system as a result of typing a dangerous
> command as root. As for people knowing that you're running route, switching off
> fingerd and identd should make that impossible.
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