Safely clean old root account?

Colin Law clanlaw at
Sat Jul 16 11:13:03 UTC 2011

On 16 July 2011 11:24, Lucio M Nicolosi <lmnicolosi at> wrote:
> 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.
> G.
> 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.

I think you *may* be mistaken in saying that is all there is, try
sudo ls -al /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
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