Subject: Also
From: Booth Rand (
Date: Fri Jan 14 2000 - 19:18:33 MST

Most IRC servers will deny log ins from a "root" operator. The way around this
for the dynamic Linux dialup user is to adduser, as the guy said below. Plus,
this would help you use sendmail, Pine, elm, etc.

On Fri, 14 Jan 2000, you wrote:
> Andrew,
> It's generally not a good idea to log in as root for general usage of linux over
> the internet. It exposes you and your system to too much risk. Most IRC
> servers specifically exclude users who log in as root. There are just a few
> things you need to do logged in as root. Adding a new user is one of them.
> Installing some software is another.
> You can use the adduser command to add a new user if you are logged in as root.
> I'd suggest using the same user-id you use on your isp. When you log in to
> connect to your isp, you may have to use the su command to log a single terminal
> into root in order to start kppp, but your ksirc session should be done from
> your user account.
> Generally if you're a new linux user, you'll find you have a lot to learn in a
> hurry. The documentation and integration in linux is nothing like what you may
> have become accustomed to in other operating systems. There's no coherent help
> system, but lots of different things written about a variety of useful topics at
> various times over the last 20 years. The documentation is regularly updated
> and is available , in a variety of formats, but it can be a bit daunting to a
> new user. First stop is your public library, if you are fortunate enough to
> have one available. Get a basic text on linux (usually about 600 pages) and
> skim it at least. Think of the linux environment as a collection of tools
> built by a variety of unix users, graduate students, hackers, programmers,
> physicists, mathematicians and assorted other characters. The operative words
> here are highly complex and adaptable. Get a list of the top 50 linux commands
> and utilities. Read the "linux System Administrator's guide" It's available
> online (gnu) .
> good luck!
> -Pat
> root wrote:
> > when using ksirc, do i need to login as something other than root in order to
> > connect to a server?
> >
> > also, how can i get rid of the root appearing next to my e-mail address on
> > this message?
> >
> > if i need to set up another user account, could someone point to the right
> > app?
> >
> > thanks,
> > andrew

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