Well, I'm glad you're having fun learning linux. I sure did, and am. :)
Reinforcement: Correct. Never be root, unless you have to. :)Quote:
> I do have a couple (actually 3) questions on some things I have been wondering
> 1. Everything I have read says NOT to be "root". I therefor have set up a
Well, actually, not a single one of those things must be done as root.Quote:> normal user account and try to use that whenever possible. However, it seems
> that so much of what I need to do can only be done as root, and even when I
> attempt to su the root commands, that does no good. Some things can only be
> done as "root", as far as I know (such as dialing and* up with my ISP
> with ppp-on and ppp-off, mounting and unmounting zip disks and floppies and
> cdroms). What do you experienced users do? Are you constantly logging in and
exception: zip drive... I don't got one so I don't know). Since this machine
is running linux mainly for internet access, I've set pppd suid root, and now
anyone can ppp-on. Only the user who started ppp can kill it, though.
Mounting filesystems can be done if your fstab has the "users" option. Cdrom,
floppy (use mtools for dos junk), zip (probably) can all be done this way.
Really, the only thing that _must_ be done as root is shutdown. Or, you can
just be "inelegant" and hit CTRL-ALT-DEL, and wait till the system says
"Rebooting..." Since I use xdm, I made a tcl/tk script with shutdown/restart
buttons that will allow anyone w/o root access to shutdown/restart the system
from console. Works nicely.
Don't be root, _especially_ if you are exploring. :)Quote:> out to accomplish tasks? Sure, if I only need to log in and type something,
> logging in as a normal user works fine, but I am constantly exploring, and I
> imagine that most Linux users are doing more than typing text files in their
> home directory. ;-)
> 2. I have Paul Volkerding's excellent installation and configuration manual,
I dunno a great Linux book, but I would suggest you get a Unix book first.
Linux books tend to just cover various linux-specific features, and it
looks like U need to learn about Unix in general a bit.
In fact, long before I knew about Linux, I read Unix books, 'cause I thought
it was so cool and "elegant". :) :)
> 3. I have seen in multiple places warnings about using some shell commands on
Hmmm... never seen these... JOOC, what are some of them? Use mtools for
yes. Zips, like I said, I have no idea.
Hope this helps a little.