[K12OSN] root on terminals

Martin Woolley sysadmin at handsworth.bham.sch.uk
Tue Jun 21 11:22:45 UTC 2005

On Tuesday 21 June 2005 08:30, Peter Hartmann wrote:
> This could be a really silly question. But, is logging in as root or
> su on the terminals bad.  The server has crashed when doing this
> perhaps when when I just close the xterm window instead of exiting
> root.  Wha'da ya say?

If the server crashes when you are logged in as root, it doesn't matter much 
as it has to be rebooted anyway.  If the client crashes when you are logged 
in as root, you *should* be logged off.   We have found this to be the case 
under KDE but when we were running Gnome, if the client crashed, the users 
session would not be reaped.

You have to ask yourself the question, "Is it a good idea to be keying in the 
root password in front of your users?"  Probably not, although there are 
times when this might be unavoidable.  IMO root should be reservered for the 
console only.
Martin Woolley
ICT Support
Handsworth Grammar School
Isis Astarte Diana Hecate Demeter Kali Inanna

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential
and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity 
to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email 
in error please notify postmaster at bgfl.org

The views expressed within this email are those of the 
individual, and not necessarily those of the organisation

More information about the K12OSN mailing list