gert.cuykens at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 15:51:56 PST 2005
On Wed, 02 Feb 2005 17:24:32 -0600, Henry Miller <hmiller at intradyn.com> wrote:
> On 2/3/2005 at 00:05 Gert Cuykens wrote:
> >On Wed, 2 Feb 2005 17:43:23 -0500, Louis LeBlanc
> <FreeBSD at keyslapper.net>
> >> On 02/02/05 11:36 PM, Gert Cuykens sat at the `puter and typed:
> >> > I# xhost local:
> >> > non-network local connections being added to access control list
> >> > I#
> >> >
> >> > ok that seems to work a bit better meaning i dont get the message
> >> > not start screen saver deamon bl bla bla....." Instead i get a
> >> > in my log that locking is not enabled ?
> >> Doesn't ring any bells. What log, and what is the entry?
> >> Are you still having trouble with xscreensaver?
> >My xscreensaver is telling me "running in root not allowed" my root
> >needs a pretty screensaver too you know grrrr
> >So how do i enable a root screen saver ?
> You don't. Root should never have a pretty screensaver. Screen
> savers are only needed when a CRT will be on (Wasting 100 watts while
> nobody is looking, it adds up to about $.10/day), for long periods of
> time at a screen that is otherwise unchanging over several years. The
> only burn in I've ever seen is a log in screen, normal users change
> enough on their display that burn-in isn't a problem.
> Root should NEVER log in except when the system is single user, or
> fresh install. In both cases that is command line only. If you must
> use some graphical config tool, su from some other user. As a last
> resort you could log in as root, but even then you should do the job
> and than log off fast, before you make a mistake!
> Programs like xscreensaver are doing FreeBSD a favor by preventing
> people from running as Administrator. A significant number of
> problems people have with Ms Windows is because users run as
> administrator by default. When programs like xscreensaver detect that
> you are root and refuse to run it makes it that much less likely that
> you will make a mistake while running as root. Mistakes when you are
> a normal user are bad enough, mistakes as root are worse.
> xscreensaver is also saving themselves in another way, if there is a
> unexpected bug that is exploitable, by refusing to run as root they can
> at least ensure that your whole system isn't compromised. This is
> particularly a big deal for xscreensaver where you can expect nobody
> will be around to watch evil people from attempting to break your
> If all that isn't enough to convince you otherwise: the source is
> there. Modify it yourself.
And still i think the user should be able to make that desision and
not xscreensaver, it is against the constitution namely freedome of
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