Subject: Re: "Don't login as root, use the su command."
To: Andrew Brown <email@example.com>
From: David Brownlee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/16/2000 10:21:19
That would also work fine...
The SU_FROM avoids anything on /usr in root's dotfiles, and the
(insignificant) overhead of running an extra process.
There is not much to choose between them, but I'm inclined to
stick with SU_FROM because its already there :)
On Tue, 15 Feb 2000, Andrew Brown wrote:
> > su now sets SU_FROM, which is checked by root's .login in the non
> > 'su' case, .login now prints
> i'm probably a bit late to butt in here, but what would have been
> wrong with having something like this in root's .login file:
> if ( `logname` == "root" ) echo "...."
> it requires no changes to su or anything else...it just won't quite
> work right if /usr isn't mounted. of course...in that case just about
> anyone people logging in would *be* root.
> i just tested a few things (on 1.3.3, um...btw, does anything have an
> account on a -current machine they could lend me for a hour or so?)
> and found that:
> `logname` $LOGNAME $USER
> login root root root
> su andrew andrew andrew
> su - andrew root root
> su -l andrew root root