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Old 08-21-2004, 10:29 AM   #1
sorcerer
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Tiny Sofa 2.0 - I thought "halt", "reboot" were only root command ??


Hi all,

I recently installed Tiny Sofa 2.0

I really enjoy using this distribution, but since the beginning, I have some doubts... In the other distributions I'm used to, "halt" and "reboot" are root commands (need to type password)...but in Tiny Sofa, it does reboot or halt with any user!! But with a apt-get update, it does ask root password !! Am I missing something here ???

Thanks to help

Sorcerer
 
Old 08-21-2004, 03:28 PM   #2
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Ah, the joys of different distributions!

Assuming that it's using the standard GNU sysv package, the expected behaviour is to refuse to do anything unless you are actually root:
Code:
	if (geteuid() != 0) {
		fprintf(stderr, "%s: must be superuser.\n", progname);
		exit(1);
	}
To circumvent this, it could be using the sudo package to allow those particular programs to always run as root; this is probably only dangerous if you don't want random people with login accounts to turn your computer off.

I don't know how a prompt for a password would be set up.
 
  


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