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10.4: One solution to a launchd-cron CPU usage issue
Authored by: alan-trewartha on Sep 19, '05 09:40:17AM

i don't know for sure in tiger, but in 10.3 /var/cron and /var/cron/tabs are ROOT access only. so if you've managed to make a .DS_store file in finder then you've not only got a GUI finder session logged in as admin,but as the ROOT user!

DO NOT DO THIS. in fact, how on earth did you manage this? when you've worked that out, stop it. :-)

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misusing root
Authored by: sjk on Sep 19, '05 08:04:51PM

Yeah, running Finder as root or logging in with a root GUI can have undesirable side effects, like creating .DS_Store files where they don't belong. Or unexpectedly creating other root-owned files that a non-root user will have trouble accessing (reading and/or writing) later. In general, I recommend skeptically questioning anyone who suggests logging in as root to "fix" a problem.

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