Root! Root! Root!

Stephen Ward s.ward at
Tue Mar 15 08:42:38 UTC 2005

There are some very good docs etc on how to make best use of sudo in the 
wiki.  As a quick response though I find "sudo -s" or "sudo su" quite 
useful.  Basically it opens a root shell without needing a root password.

Having said that I have a root password too (sudo passwd), but I find 
the less I type it the more secure I feel :)

Stephen Ward

russell cook wrote:

> I prefer a working root account for when I run multiple commands or am 
> debugging problems, but am happy with sudo for scripts and single 
> commands. I agree tab completion is great. When I remember (not 
> always), I type the command and command line first (so I can use some 
> of bash's features) then hit the home key to go to the start of the 
> line and type in sudo. Not an elegant solution but a workaround.
> Russ
> On Tue, 2005-03-15 at 09:24 +0800, Senectus . wrote:
>> On Mon, 14 Mar 2005 20:21:17 -0500, Xian <ulist at <mailto:ulist at>> wrote: 
>> >  
>> > Try this from a normal terminal session: 
>> >  
>> > # sudo passwd 
>> >  
>> I have to say, one of the biggest reasons I don't like using sudo is 
>> that tab completion for bin files doesn't work.. 
>> ie  
>> sudo apt-g then hit the tab key will not complete the command. 
>> unlike running the following as root: 
>> apt-g then hit the tab key... 
>> --  
>> Ubuntu Warty 4.10 (desktop) 
>> and Hoary 5.04 (Laptop) (kernel 2.6.10-25 686) 

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