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Chris Bannister 03-24-2012 12:33 AM

to be root or not to be root (was ... apt-get will upgrade aptitude will not)
On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 04:16:32PM +0000, Curt wrote:
> On 2012-03-22, Chris Bannister <> wrote:
> > root@tal:~# apt-cache policy libavformat-extra-53
> You don't have to be root to do that, did you know?

True, I normally have a tty open for root anyway and the tty where I
have logged into as my normal user may be "in use" i.e. reading mail.

And because it is a deliberate action typing "alt x" then I tend to be
subconsiously aware that I am now in root mode, and tend to be extra
careful. :)

And yes, I know screen. :)

Also, putting:


inside root's .bashrc displays the prompt in RED for even more warning

Plus, I get annoyed with those "permission denied" errors.

Although being in the admin group helps avoid most of them.

> Just an observation because I use apt-cache frequently and it's
> convenient (and potentially less dangerous for slippery fingers) not to
> be obliged to su to root every time I do.

Not sure what damage typing "apt-cache" can do. :)

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-- Napoleon Bonaparte

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