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Re: Adding /sbin and /usr/sbin to everyone's path in F10



max bianco wrote:
 Isn't the first thing they ask you always 'why can't I run ifconfig (or
fdisk, etc.)'?  Why confuse them with things the PATH mechanism was designed
to take care of transparently for you?

because using fdisk, for example, implies a certain level of
knowledge.

But that knowledge should not be wasted on arbitrary weirdness like who decided to put the executable out of your PATH (which is intended to find it...) and why.

If i fdisk incorrectly i will hose my system beyond my
ability to repair it

Which is why you want to focus your knowledge on what the tools do, not the fact that some distributions hide them in funny places.

or i will get access denied or you aren't root or
whatever you like and be just as annoyed that it let me get that far
only to stop me when I try to use it, "If i can't use the tool then
why oh why is it in my path?You've handed me a nail and no hammer!" or
do you think the "average" user should be using fdisk unsupervised?

If you want to control what people do, you don't give them the root password. But, the 'average' PC user is his own administrator, especially for something like fedora which is way to high-maintenance for an experienced administrator to choose to manage for everyone else, and he's going to need to use the stuff whether it is hidden or not. The question is whether you want to make it simple or make it confusing. You seem to want to make it confusing just so everyone suffers as much as you did when learning the arbitrary quirks of the distribution.

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  Les Mikesell
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