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Re: lynx-dev anonymous usage of Lynx (was Arizona)

From: Jason F. McBrayer
Subject: Re: lynx-dev anonymous usage of Lynx (was Arizona)
Date: 10 Oct 1998 09:13:14 -0500

>>>>> "PW" == Philip Webb <address@hidden> writes:

PW> 981009 Ian White wrote: 
>> What about places where Lynx (with restrictions) is a shell
>> for users (with their own seperate accounts).

PW> either such users are equivalent to anonymous users
PW> you don't trust them loose in a normal system --
PW> or you can give them normal unrestricted shell access.

That's not necessarily so.  Maybe on a Freenet you want users to be
able to do www, mail, and news, but not do anything that might eat up
more system resources (like running `find` from the root directory) or
any other silly things they might be wont to do.  Or you have a very
small support staff and so want to limit the variety of things that
can be done wrong.

Also, this assumes Unix.  I am corresponding with someone who is using
Lynx as a BBS door on OS/2.  Anonymous mode is too restrictive for his
use (because it blocks out all access to ftp URL's), but he MUST
disable such things as subshells, save to disk, etc.  Since OS/2
doesn't have multiuser security, shell accounts are not an option. 

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