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

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Thu Apr 24 04:49:27 UTC 2008

max bianco wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 8:57 PM, Thomas M Steenholdt <tmus at> wrote:
>> Hans de Goede wrote:
>>> Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
>>>> I propose that we add /sbin and /usr/sbin to the path for normal users
>>>> (as well as root) for F10? There are plenty of useful tools in there for
>>>> non-root users (ifconfig, fdisk, parted), and IMHO, any tool which
>>>> assumes the user is root because it lives in /sbin is fundamentally
>>>> broken. The LSB doesn't mandate this (at least, not anywhere I can see),
>>>> so I propose that we just do it.
>>>> Anyone opposed to such an action?
>>> Not at all,
>>> +1000000
>>> I've been consistenly changing /etc/profile todo exactly this since the
>> day I started using RH 4.0
>>> Regards,
>>> Hans
>>  Isn't that more or less the same reason most windows users login as
>> administrator - The convenience?
>>  Note: I know the security risk in the two examples are not in the same
>> ball-park, so there's no need to lecture me on that.
>>  I'm merely speaking of convenience and how it sometimes makes it feel right
>> to do the wrong thing.
> Speaking as probably one of the most inexperienced Fedora users
> subscribing to this list. I whole-heartedly agree with this sentiment.
> Its already been said but I will say it again anyway. Those that know
> how to add things to their $PATH will do just that and not be
> inconvenienced. 

Actually, this is not true.  I added it to my PATH for years since 
starting on RHL-4.  But at some point in using Fedora, I stopped because 
  I gave up on the hassle of adding a custom PATH to /etc/profile.d/ 
every time I installed a new box.  Additionally, I now have more shell 
accounts on boxes that I only drop into once in a while when something's 
wrong that I've learned to accept the constant annoyance of not having 
.*/sbin in my PATH.

> If you don't know how to find ifconfig and add it to
> your $PATH then you probably would just shoot yourself in the foot
> with it, if you don't know but are motivated you can certainly find
> this info easily enough. Our time on this earth is limited  but its
> not that limited.

Actually, it is.  Every day, lose six minutes from having to retype a 
sudo line due to not having a PATH configured with sbin.  Most likely 
when you're already stressed that something is broken and you just want 
to find out what as quickly as possible.



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