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{{{Root}}} is the name of the most powerful account on a Debian installation. The root user account can do everything on the machine. Root is also known as supervisor and administrator. It's home ({{{~}}}) folder is {{{/root}}}. Root is the name of the most powerful account on a Debian installation. The {{{root}}} user account can do everything on the machine. Root is also known as supervisor and administrator. Root's home ({{{~}}}) folder is {{{/root}}}.
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It has uid[[FootNote(uid is user identifier, a number which identifies all user accounts)]] 0 and gid[[FootNote(gid is group identifier)]] 0. {{{root}}} has uid[[FootNote(uid is user identifier, a number which identifies all user accounts)]] 0 and gid[[FootNote(gid is group identifier)]] 0.

What is root?

Root is the name of the most powerful account on a Debian installation. The root user account can do everything on the machine. Root is also known as supervisor and administrator. Root's home (~) folder is /root.

root has uid?FootNote(uid is user identifier, a number which identifies all user accounts) 0 and gid?FootNote(gid is group identifier) 0.

Password

At installation time, you are asked whether you want to use the root account or not.

  • if you want to (the default), you'll be asked to provide a complex password for root. Use a strong one!

  • if not, no root account is enabled and the password of the first user created will be used for administration tasks.

  • If you forgot your password, read [http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/reference/ch-tips#s-crackroot "I forgot the root password!"]

How to use root level access as a normal user.