Permissions and other questions..
rtb27 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Apr 29 05:34:42 PDT 2004
> These may be immensly stupid questions, but here goes anyway, I have put
> them all into one mail as I don't think they singularily deserve a whole
I don't know about stupid - these are quite sensible questions. Lazy perhaps
-- most of these can be answered by google (or by experimentation).
> 1) Is it desirable and how do you enable certain processes to be run in a
> user account?
You can use `su` as root - in fact you can su into any account without using a
password, such is the power of root ;-)
> Here is why, I am the only user of my machine and while I realise the
> importance of root, if i want to mount a cd I always have to su. This is
> the same for other processes such as ifconfig. As the only user I don't
> want to have to su all the time to do simple things, and as not being used
> to it, I sometimes forget I have done so and do things undesirable (e.,g.
> startx as root).
How often do you need to run ifconfig? If you manage to get automount working
(see below) you should have no excuse not to run as a normal user
> 2) Is there a way to automount? Like when I put in a CD or attach my USB
> drive.. as they have the same command each time.
umm - I'm not going to answer this one. The simple answer is that the very
first result for a google search on "automount freebsd" gives a detailed
tutorial on how to set this up on a FreeBSD box. Searching is quicker than
waiting for email replies, you know.
> 3) Is it possible to have the command prompt tell you what directory you are
> in before the symbol?
Again, the first result on google for "change prompt string csh" is a long
tutorial on changing the title bar of xterms or something. Anyway, I skimmed
through it and to get you started, at your console, type:
alias precmd 'echo -n "$cwd"'
You should be able to customise this to suit your own needs.
> 4) Is there a way in XFCE to create a launcher for OpenOffice? I understand
> it needs to be run with ./soffice but this doesn't work even tho I have
> added the directory to my PATH
I don't even know what XFCE is, so try Google for this one, or wait for
someone on the mailing list to try Google for you ;-)
> Thanks for the advice...
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