Rafa rafaor at
Thu Apr 21 11:15:49 CDT 2005

On 4/21/05, Derek Broughton <auspex at> wrote:
> On Thursday 21 April 2005 00:56, dj faké wrote:
> > if "root" user is an inherent part of (l)unix; what's the benefit for
> > not having it? Is this some sort of Mac parallel?
> The benefit is partly in simplicity (for the developers).  Instead of typing
> "sudo" you could have any system command automatically invoke sudo every time
> anybody invoked it (and you can make sudo allow access to only specific
> commands, too), but this method is more backwards compatible.
> You have to have privileged commmands, if you're going to have a secure
> system.  How you grant that privilege has traditionally been by allowing only
> one user to execute them.  Sudo allows finer grained control (though kubuntu
> doesn't make it any finer grained than the old way).  Of course, once you
> rely on kdesu and sudo, you really need a ksudoers app to maintain
> the /etc/sudoers file
> --

The root user is still there.  At least it is in /etc/passwd and
/etc/shadow.  Only since it doesn't have a password, it's inaccesible
by "su" directly.

I don't like to type sudo if I'm going to be using more that a couple
of commands in root mode, so I usually "sudo bash" and go from there
as root.

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