jackhill at jackhill.us
Tue Aug 30 22:03:35 EDT 2011
Unfortunately, I don't know the answer, but thought I would point out
that on GoboLinux the default name for the superuser is not root. See
The Root User section of
On Tue, 30 Aug 2011 21:44:58 -0400
Reginald Reed <reginald.reed at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thats a great question that I can only guess it (with *ix experience
> going back to ~1987-1988) was based on the fact that root's home
> directory was "/" or root. Total guess on my part and I'm seriously
> interested in other theories or info/links/lore on what is really is!
> *nerd chuckle*
> On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 9:28 PM, Alan Porter <porter at trilug.org>
> > The other day, I was explaining to my daughter that the
> > administrative user or "super user" on a Linux system is usually
> > named "root" .
> > She asked me why.
> > A little bit of googling turned up a lot of "super user is called
> > root" statements, but very few "why" statements. Some guessed that
> > it was because root was the only user who had permission to write
> > to the root directory in the filesystem.
> > Does anyone in this group have any further insights into the term
> > "root"?
> >  Because after hearing that I had purchased an MSP430 "Chronos"
> > watch development kit, Nivex made the smart-aleck response:
> > $ ssh root at alanswatch
> > --
> > # ɹǝʇɹoԀ uɐl∀
> > .
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