About root or administrative account

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Fri Mar 23 19:02:32 UTC 2007

Wei-Yee Chan wrote:

> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> otoh, I administer a CentOS (based on RedHat) system, which may or may
>> not have root enabled - I've never checked because I just use sudo.
> Come on, U know it doesn't matter. 

Of course it doesn't.  But you said you used "root" because you came from a
RedHat environment, and I just pointed out that in the RedHat environment I
use, I don't have a clue if you _can_ log in as root, because RedHat
doesn't require you to be able to login to root, either.

> I've got root enabled on all of my 
> Ubuntu machines.  The password is different from the one that I use for
> my personal account, of cos. My personal account has no administrative
> privileges so whenever I need to attend to an administrative task, I'll
> just start up a terminal window and hit "su", or alternatively login as
> root.

That, otoh, DOES matter - on a multiuser machine - because there's no
security other than a password to su, while sudo gives you granularity and

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