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Re: Beagle



On Fri, 2007-01-19 at 08:07 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Craig White wrote:
> > ----
> > of course that misses the point...since root running GUI is what is not
> > recommended, thus root running beagle isn't tested.
> There is a historical concept in unix that root can do anything.  The 
> idea that he
> shouldn't is a rather recent admission of bad/poorly tested programming and
> the need for a workaround. 
----
it's well known that the underlying philosophy of Linux and it's various
software packages embrace a release early and often and yes, that
precludes adequate testing - that is one of the points of Fedora...to
provide a closer to the bleeding edge of software development. 
----
> > The fact that you
> > run GUI as root, knowing that it isn't tested, it isn't recommended and
> > in the top 3 things not to do, and in spite of knowing all that, you
> > choose to do it anyway suggests that advisories of any kind would be
> > pointless.
> Yes, many people use unix and unix-like systems for their consistency 
> over long
> periods of time.  Kernighan mostly got it right the first time with the 
> simple security
> model and anything not fully backwards-compatible needs more than an
> advisory warning about such breakage.
----
given the subject of beagle which is designed to crawl and index all
available filesystems and file content makes it a rather poor candidate
for superuser usage.

The simple fact is that user space is still user space and root is not a
normal user.

Craig


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