[buug] Lost root access
jan at caustic.org
Fri Nov 15 18:46:07 PST 2002
On Fri, 15 Nov 2002, Rick Moen wrote:
> If memory serves, the root account on FreeBSD is /bin/sh (a Bourne
> shell). If I'm correct in remembering that, then it's possible that
> there are system dependencies, e.g., in scripts that run as root, on
> Bourne shell behaviour. Bash is an excellent shell (say I), but it is
> not 100% Bourne-compatible, especially Bash 2.x.
those are both root users. default is /bin/csh (which has some tcsh
i tend to simply use "sudo" for all my root level crap. if i have to
execute more than one command as root, i invoke bash through sudo. simple
enough, gives me everything i need.
> Because I don't have a FreeBSD host at my disposal at the moment, the
> foregoing relies on memory, and may have flaws in some details -- in
> which case, I'm sure someone, noting my domain name, will take great
> delight in whapping me over the head for it. But I stand by the general
> point, that you don't want to fsck around with root's environment,
it's usually bad policy to fuck with root unless you know what you're
going to break, or have the skill to fix it after it's broken.
most of freebsd's scripts are written in bourne shell.
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