Assigning ROOT a password

Derek Broughton news at
Mon Apr 28 17:36:16 UTC 2008

Michael Leone wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM, Derek Broughton <news at>
> wrote:
>>  >>  I administer a CentOS system that has a root account.  I don't know
>>  >>  the root password; since I've never had physical access to the
>>  >>  system, I probably couldn't ssh in as root anyway; and I've never
>>  >>  had any trouble administering it via sudo.
>>  >
>>  > Others do things differently. BTW, were you an employee of the company
>>  > who owned the CentOS system? Some places I know won't give the
>>  > password to consultants (preferring to use sudo, as you do - hey, that
>>  > rhymes! :-)),
>>  It does?  I always assumed - despite the fact that the "do" in sudo
>>  probably really is "do", that sudo rhymes with pseudo (as in
>>  "pseudo-root" access).
> I've always heard it as "do" - as " su [sue] do", or "(s)witch (u)ser
> - do" the command.

I believe "su" originally meant "superuser", but from the sudo website "Sudo (su "do") allows a system
administrator..." certainly implies it should be pronounced "doo", but
it'll always be "pseudo" to me :-)

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