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Re: Root user
  • From: pinard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (François Pinard)
  • Date: 09 Jul 2003 20:03:49 -0400
  • Message-id: <oqsmpfuu1m.fsf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
[Steffen Dettmer]

> * Francois Pinard wrote on Wed, Jul 09, 2003 at 10:03 -0400:
> > I once used to have a `root' and a `root2', both having uid 0 in
> > `/etc/passwd', and I used this for quite a while, and do not remember
> > any adverse effect.

> What does this help?

Someone wrote that this was not to be recommended, yet without giving real
reasons against it. I just wanted to say that any recommendation should be
backed by some justification. In my case, I had good reasons to use `root'
and `root2', and saw nothing wrong with it for the time I needed it.

So far in this thread, I did not see a convincing justification yet, for
avoiding two accounts with the same UID.

> It would be interesting to know, "what root" e.g. changed or created a
> file, but as you stated, this is not possible this way.

If there is indeed a need to know, then of course, having two accounts for
the same UID is not acceptable. That need does not necessarily exist.

> I think this may introduce some confusion (without any positive effect I
> can see) - which I would not recommend.

Or maybe, it just does not introduce any confusion for those needing it.

> Maybe this is a reason: KISS (keep it simple, stupid) is a little violated
> by such a configuration (which I would call uncommon and missleading,
> maybe).

Uncommon, I agree. But maybe not misleading at all. I do not think that if
someone knows what s/he is doing (and why!), there is a real problem.

This thread is a bit amusing, as some correspondents try to guess "why", but
do not necessarily guess correctly. They then reply to their own guesses...

François Pinard

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