Safely clean old root account?

Lucio M Nicolosi lmnicolosi at
Sat Jul 16 10:24:41 UTC 2011

On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 9:56 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
> On one of my desktops I had a root account enabled for testing etc. I've
> since disabled access to the account, but the process has left a bunch
> of desktop 'user' type file in /root. Anyone know of a way to safely
> clean /root so it is back to a clean default?
> I know that I can renable the root account & log in to the account & do
> some deleting, but is suspect that in the process I may end up borking
> something.


You surely know this from your other systems, but the single entry I
see (gksu nautilus) on my recent fresh install Natty /root is an empty
/root/Desktop. On my everyday Maverick, /root/Desktop shows a single
call to a java income tax application (java -jar
/opt/ProgramasRFB/IRPF2011/irpf.jar) that I guess, should not have
been installed as root.

So I believe that unless you have installed applications as root and
want to keep them, it seems that, while in sudo, you can safely delete
any entry at /root except /root/Desktop.


Lucio M. Nicolosi, Eng.
Open Source Implementation
System and Applications

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