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SubjectRe: Ideas for the oom problem
On Wed, Mar 28, 2001 at 06:33:04PM -0500, Hacksaw wrote:

> > Anyone working as root is (sorry) an idiot! root's processes are normally
> > quite system-relevant and so they should never be killed, if we can avoid
> > it.
> The real world intrudes. Root sometimes needs to look at documentation,
> which, these days is often available as html. Sometimes it's only as html.
> And people in a panic who aren't trained sys-admins aren't going to remember
> to log in as someone else.

Why are they logged in as root in the first place? Is there something they
can't do over sudo?
I definitely remember seeing a document saying `if you find yourself needing to
`man foo', do it in another terminal as your non-root self'; it might or might
not've been the SAG.

In any case, what happened to `if you use this rope you will hang yourself'?
There has to be a point where you abandon catering for all kinds of fool and
get on with writing something useful, I think.

> I completely agree that doing general work as root is a bad idea. I do most
> root things via sudo. It sure would be nice if all the big dists supplied it
> (Hey, RedHat! You listening?) as part of their normal set.

RH have been listening since v7.0.

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