[ut2004] /bin/sh: bad interpreter: Permission denied
admin at sentinel.dk
Tue Apr 20 15:54:45 EDT 2004
On Tuesday 20 April 2004 15:37, Frederik Dannemare wrote:
> On Tuesday 20 April 2004 14:46, Andrew Pilley wrote:
> > On Tue, 2004-04-20 at 19:46, Frederik Dannemare wrote:
> > > On Tuesday 20 April 2004 11:10, Andrew Pilley wrote:
> > > > On Tue, 2004-04-20 at 18:58, Frederik Dannemare wrote:
> > > > > Why install it as root? Doesn't make sense.
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Forgot to clarify my point here. Most of us could probably tell by the
original posting that this was far from an experienced user. To every Linux
newcomer I always preach: don't be root unless you absolutely have to (and
the install process of UT doesn't require you to be). We should always
teach new users that operating as root should be avoided when possible.
Make new users 'afraid' of root and you have accomplished a great thing,
If we all just tell a user who is having trouble installing something as
non-root: "install as root and be done with it!" when it is not
necessary, we are asking for trouble and soon we will have spyware and
viruses crawling all over the place as is the case in the Windows world.
I'm not at all saying that UT is infected with spyware or anything like
that, but if we don't teach good practice to new users, they will soon be
installing/executing *everything* they find on the net as root without any
Once in a while when I stumble upon a piece of software that requires me to
be root in order to install, I either simply delete it, or I will install
it in a chroot'ed environment and then examine what exactly the install
process did. People may say that I'm more paranoid than most (this may
come from working as a UNIX systems engineer for a big ISP), but I really
don't mind. I'm not the one who's going to get bitten. This has gotten way
too off-topic. Sorry about that.
 Same thing goes for extracting a tarball. Rule of thumb should be to
never do this as root. The reasons are obvious, although it certainly helps
that recent tar versions (at least gnu tar) strips the leading '/' - but
nevertheless avoiding again here root is good practice.
 Sure unwanted software like this will be installed onto a system being
non-root, but you have greatly reduced the potential of the darn thing.
 I'm not saying that I don't trust any software to be installed as root.
I do, but it all depends on where I get the software from. Pretty much
anything other than what comes from the official Debian archives goes onto
my systems as non-root.
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