[plug] Accidental reboot

Mitch Kelly (UCC) mitch at ucc.asn.au
Tue May 10 15:50:30 WST 2011

I must agree, I haven't ever done this... And not using sudo makes it
easier, Much nicer than hackery :)

-----Original Message-----
From: plug-bounces at plug.org.au [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org.au] On Behalf
Of Bret Busby
Sent: Tuesday, 10 May 2011 3:39 PM
To: plug at plug.org.au
Subject: Re: [plug] Accidental reboot

On 10/05/2011, Brad Campbell <brad at fnarfbargle.com> wrote:
> I have a number of machines I routinely use, and a number of virtual
> machines inside those. I've lost count of the number of times I've run
> "sudo reboot" thinking I was logged into a guest and taken down the host
> server.
> I've tried all sorts of tricks with /sbin/reboot and /sbin/shutdown to
> try and stop me doing dumb things to no avail.. then this afternoon it
> hit me.
> The system's path is :/bin:/sbin:/..so on
> Every user (including root when using an interactive shell) has the path
> prepended with /usr/local/bin.
> Put together a quick /usr/local/bin/reboot
> #!/bin/bash
> echo Surprise!
> Problem solved. Why did it take me so long to think of it?

I find it simpler to avoid using sudo.

It is the devil's tool.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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