Chicago Tribune: Not-so-stupid Linux tricks

[ Thanks to Ken
for this link. ]

“If five decades of electronic computing have taught us
anything, it’s that there’s more than one way to skin just about
any cat you encounter. You might know a perfectly good way of
accomplishing a given task, but chances are there’s a faster or
easier way to do it.”

“…Including ./ in root’s PATH is unsafe!”

Occasionally I’ll run into someone who suggests that to
make things easy, you should include your current working directory
in your PATH. From a security viewpoint, this is terrible

“This is especially true for root, but it’s a bad practice for
anyone. It’s not a big task to get into the habit of typing
./command when you want to run a binary in the current

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