Originally Posted by adamk75
It's just a bad idea to run commands as root unless absolutely necessary. Helps to keep you from doing things like removing the entire / filesystem :-)
As for none vs. normal... What happens if you bring up a terminal and run 'compiz &' ?
Thanks for the waring about root.
Hmmm. I did that once, removed the entire system. Just to see. at / I entered rm -r *
I was getting ready to reconfigure a machine and I wanted to see how long it would take for it to crater. Surprisingly it took a minute for it to get hung up.
I also got bit by the rm -r * command when I was developing software.
Thought I was in a lower level directory, was in my upper level directory; was in a hurry, didn't look and when I realize what happened, that it was starting to delete ALL of my source code, I hit CTRL-ALT-DEL the panic from DOS that I was becoming familiar with and realized that HEY that didn't work so I dove under the desk, feeling great pain as I yanked the plug. I only lost 70% of what I had worked on. In a way it was a good thing. I was able to rebuild all of it in a month, better than the original.
I may be rusty with Linux info, but I was the Manager of the System Administration group for the Wiltel's Advanced Technology Group ATG (the "Bell Labs" ow what later became the now defunct MCIWorldcom) so I am at least "aware" of what can happen running stuff from root.
That was one of the coolest places to work. I was there between 1991 - 1194.
I had 260 NeXT workstations (this gave us World Wide Web two weeks after Tim Berners-Lee unleashed it to the world and a network copy of DOOM soon after that).
We had Auspex File Servers, Silicon graphics machines, Sun, HP, IBM UNIX compute servers, a 64BIT DEC Alpha, a few 0S/2 machines and 1 Windows 3.1 machine.
I also had this crazy homogeneous network with this brand new thing called 10Base T Ethernet, FDDI, Token Ring,
Frame Relay, X.25., some fiber optics and a few machines still on Thin-Net.
We had scalable mainframes, OOP Object Repositories, I was also a Senior Software Engineer we were doing things with ; 20 ATM switches that we were co-designing with NEC (spent 5 months in Japan doing Acceptance Test Plans)
I call them the "glory days"
(Sorry for all of the reminiscing text; it's a bonus?)
I'll have to leave XP and boot into Linux and run the compiz &
I'll get back to you on the other side.