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Explanations about the {{{root}}} account.

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What is root?

Root is the name of the most powerful account on a Debian installation. This user account can do everything on the machine. It's also known as supervisor, administrator.

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


At installation time, you have been asked for creation or not of the root account.

How to use root account

  • Under Gnome : in Gnome Application Menu/Accessories/Root Terminal
  • From console : read Debian Reference's [http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/reference/ch-tutorial.en.html#s-login-root Login to a shell prompt as root]

  • In a terminal, you can use ["su"] (or ["gksu"]) to change your identity to root, However, it's recommended to configure and use ["sudo"] (or gksudo) to run a given command. (read the manpages for more help.)