> From owner-freebsd-questions@free... Mon May 28 20:22:58 2012
> Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 19:17:38 -0600
> From: Gary Aitken <garya@drea...>
> To: freebsd-questions@free... > Subject: Re: removing /var/empty on a non-system disk
> On 05/28/12 15:08, Robert Bonomi wrote:
> > I'm going to guess that you did 'su root', not 'su - root'. The two
> > commands are *NOT* identical. 'su root' does not run the root 'login'
> > scripts; thus environment variables (including path, user, logname etc.)
> > are *not* set as they are on root login -- this causes some 'am i root'
> > tests to fail. OTOH, 'su - root' should be equivalent to a root login
> > in all respects.
> Thank you. That explains a number of problems I've been having. doh.
To misquote Mae West: "When confronted with the choice between two mistakes,
I try to choose the one I haven't made before."
I've been doing this kind of stuff long enough that, under that philosophy,
I've seen things that hardly anybody else has ever experienced. Luckily,
at least for me, I _do_ remember virtually all the mistakes I've made.