On May 29, 2006, at 22:46, email@example.com wrote:
(for instance by calling a shell and typing in
<Your superuser/computer administrator password>
or by some graphical way Mac OSX provides)
While these are perfect instructions for any of the fairly standard
unixes, they’re a little off when it comes to OSX:
- home directories exist under the /Users directory, not /home
- the ‘su’ command isn’t usable in the default configuration
Also, why would someone need to be the superuser to make a directory
under their home directory? Surely ‘mkdir ~/ruby’ would be a lot
quicker? Or even ‘cd’ ‘mkdir ruby’?
I realise that people are trying to help, but I’d also like to
suggest that unless people are familiar with a platform, they hold
back on giving advice about it.
My reasoning for this request is this: not-quite-right advice is
actually a fair bit more dangerous than flat-out wrong advice for
novice users (who are the kind of users who need and ask for advice).
Wrong advice is obviously wrong, it gets tried and discarded right away.
Not-quite-wrong advice costs people a lot of time and effort before
they realise that they’ve been led down the garden path, or can lead
people into some bad practices and habits.