Assigning ROOT a password

Derek Broughton news at
Mon Apr 28 20:42:14 UTC 2008

chuck adams wrote:

> On Monday 28 April 2008 11:28:57 Willy Hamra wrote:
>> > >  I believe "su" originally meant "superuser",
>> >
>> > Me, too, but since you can "su" to any user, I believe it's come to
>> > mean "switch user".
>> personally, i believe su means super user
> BZZZZZZZZZZTTTT.  Wrong answers.
> su was originally the  "substitute user" UNIX command.
> su user_id  meant to change to new user and there
> are some flags associated with the command.  su
> with no user_id was to change to root and thus the
> urban legend began by those that refused to RTFM
> that it meant "super user".
> Go back to the AT&T original UNIX manuals.

Hey, I went to the Ubuntu Linux man page, and it didn't say.  That's hardly
refusing to RTFM, so lets try not to be _too_ anal.

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