Missing Command Line Tweaks

While building my new server for my home LAN, I was reminded of some usability issues.

By default the ping command is not set suid. Non-root users cannot use the command. Yet this staple command is one of the first tools used in debugging network problems. Why is this command not available to non-root users?

The ifconfig command is in /sbin and not part of the non-root user’s $PATH. Another staple tool for debugging network problems.

Proverbial paper cuts? Linux operating systems are full of paper cuts like this. The Year of the Linux Desktop awaits.

Posted: Category: Usability Tagged: General, Terminal

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