[ardour-users] FIFO and running as root.

Jan Depner eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Sat Apr 22 09:57:28 PDT 2006

On Sat, 2006-04-22 at 11:35 -0500, Jack O'Quin wrote:
> On 4/22/06, Jan Depner <eviltwin69 at cableone.net> wrote:
> >     I'll probably get shouted down for saying this but I run my audio
> > apps as root and see no major problem with doing that.
> I don't have a problem with you doing it, Jan, because you
> understand the security issues well enough to cope with them.
> Personally, I prefer to avoid using root because I'm frequently
> connected to the 'net and would rather not think about the
> rather complex problems that can arise.
> But, I would draw the line at recommending that others run
> their audio as root.  Even experienced programmers and audio
> users are likely to run into trouble unless they are also experienced
> Unix sysadmins.  Don't underestimate the amount of knowledge
> you've accumulated over the past 20 years or so.

    You're probably right.  I've been doing that for so long that being
cautious is second nature.  If you get careless you can screw things up.
I still say that running a few applications as root in a normal WM
session is probably not a problem.  It's real difficult to hose yourself
unless you start trying to save your audio files in /etc or /boot ;-)

Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner
The Fuzzy Dice

"As we enjoy great advantages from the invention of others, we should be 
glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and 
this we should do freely and generously."

Benjamin Franklin, on declining patents offered by the governor of 
Pennsylvania for his "Pennsylvania Fireplace", c. 1744

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