[plug] Accidental reboot
bret.busby at gmail.com
Tue May 10 18:42:23 WST 2011
On 10/05/2011, Brad Campbell <brad at fnarfbargle.com> wrote:
> On 10/05/11 15:38, Bret Busby wrote:
>> On 10/05/2011, Brad Campbell<brad at fnarfbargle.com> wrote:
>>> Put together a quick /usr/local/bin/reboot
>>> 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.
> Half the time I su -c and get a root shell.
> The problem remains the same unless you can explain to me in very small
> words how I can update some root owned configuration files and remotely
> reboot a machine from an xterm without acquiring root privileges of some
> I'm more than prepared to change my ways if appropriately enlightened.
I am no Linux Guru.
I am at the level of simple (with the emphasis on simple) user.
I use primarily a GUI, and in Debian 5, to reboot, I select System ->
Shutdown -> Reboot.
If I am working at the command line, I use
$ su - root
# shutdown -r now
I think the prompt symbols are the correct ones, but am not sure.
If I am using the dreaded Ubuntu (to which I will apparently have to
shift, when Debian stops supporting Debian 5, as Debian 6 apparently
does not include drivers, or something similar designed to make
installation and operation more difficult), I click on some weird
symbol that takes me to similar options to the System -> Shutdown
It is not for me to tell you how to do what you want to do - I believe
that you are more knowledgeable than me.
But I regard sudo like I regard remote central locking on cars -
designed to cause unauthorised access.
So, while I cannot avoid remote central locking on relatively modern
cars, I can avoid sudo, for the present, anyway, as I regard sudo as a
system security eating disease, like a flesh eating disease.
"So once you do know what the question actually is,
you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
A Trilogy In Four Parts",
written by Douglas Adams,
published by Pan Books, 1992
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