[Wine] Weird Permission Issues

Martin Gregorie martin at gregorie.org
Mon Nov 29 16:12:22 CST 2010

On Mon, 2010-11-29 at 15:29 -0600, iamsmrt wrote:
> Ha, so apparently I'm not supposed to run wine as root...oops, it made things work?
Not just Wine apps.

Unlike early NT systems (W2K, XP) where the combination of a badly
thought-out permissions system colluded with ignorant or lazy
application developers  so you often needed to run applications with
sysadmin privileges, this isn't the case in Linux, BSD or any other *NIX
clone. There's simply no need to run normal programs as root (or via
sudo, which amounts to the same thing. It also applies to a lot of
system services: most databases, mail servers, etc run as normal users

As I said, its only a few special activities, like system backups, that
need to be run as root. You may want to get and read something like
"Linux in a Nutshell" to get a feel for just powerful and flexible
Unix-type systems are. 

Linux is not even remotely the equivalent of Windows with a new coat of
paint. NT-based systems are better thought of as a new OS based round a
mixture of DEC VAX and Win95/98 concepts while both OS X and Linux are
reimplementations of Unix, with Linux being closer to the original
concepts than OS X. Never forget that Unix was running as a full
multi-user system before Gates bought QDOS and renamed it MS-DOS.


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