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Re: F10 and no root login - impossible to maintain systems!



Benjamin LaHaise wrote:
On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 03:49:09PM +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
Benjamin LaHaise wrote:
On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 08:29:33AM +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
You can at run level 3. You can even start X after that.
You're assuming all users of a system are technical.  That is not the case.
Non technical users shouldn't be logging in as root and more so X. They should be either launching graphical programs that ask for a password or use su - or sudo. It an potentially be made easier by giving them a "administrator shell" or something like that in the menu which launches the terminal and asks for a root/sudo password but it would be better to understand why it is ever needed and solve that issue in a perhaps more elegant way.

And how do you propose that a user login to fix a problem when they call tech support saying "I get a blank screen when I login"? I'm curious, because these are real world cases where the GUI login fails. By disallowing root logins, there is no way to fix that short of rebooting the system to even narrow down what the problem is. Even then, with F10 using a 0 second wait at the grub prompt, it's almost impossible to catch grub in time to specify the runlevel or init=/bin/sh.

Ctrl+Alt+F2

--CJD


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