Guidelines for Root use

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See also our ssh_security_policy


  • join the #mayfirst channel on and make an announcement before doing anything as root
  • open or comment on a ticket for any root activity that might impact the server to ensure we all know about server changes
  • run commands from within a logged screen session (type screen -x to attempt to join a running screen session, if that fails, type screen -L to start a new one)
  • use root only for tasks that require root
  • protect your private key! Only store on encrypted disks and report any breaches immediately


  • use root with one or more additional people sharing your screen session
  • share knowledge about what you are doing with others

Make an effort...

  • schedule projects requiring root access 24 hours in advance
  • take the time to fully understand what you or the person driving the screen session is doing and if you are driving the screen session make an effort to ensure everyone understands what you are doing
  • fix it "right" - either the first time, or after making the quick fix, go back and try to fix it in a permanent way
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