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Date:      Thu, 7 Dec 1995 11:01:31 -0800 (PST)
From:      Archie Cobbs <>
Subject:   Re: Why not to login as root, etc.
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "Barnacle Wes" at Dec 6, 95 01:36:53 pm

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> > Yes, but if shutdown is unavailable....the system is locked up....perhaps
> > ctrl-alt-del is a better option than turning off the power altogether or
> > hitting the reset button.  "Back channel" communications among new users
> > (new to Unix & FreeBSD) suggest that quite a few of us have depended on
> > ctrl-alt-del until we figured out shutdown, and with no ill effects.  As
> > someone wrote to me, "You don't even have to be logged in as root!"
> This, to me, is a really good reason to disable this feature.  Do you
> really want anyone who walks by to be able to reboot your machine?
> I don't.  I can't keep my screensaver active for my cat walking on the
> keyboard, pushing the mouse around, and stomping on the mouse buttons.
> What if she could reboot the computer, too?  Uck!  Believe me, she'd 
> learn how to do it!

Just thought I'd point out that Linux has a "/sbin/ctlatldel" program
which gets executed when ctl-alt-del is pressed, so at least it's
configurable... might this be an option for FreeBSD?


Archie L. Cobbs,  *  Tribe Computer Works

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