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Distribution: Red Hat, openBSD,Mandrake,freeBSD,SunOS
This will tell you a lot about your system
However, as for distro....well what one did you install? When you start up the computer it will usually tell you. By distro we are refereing to Mandrake, Red Hat, Debian...etc. To find out what you are running you can try
Mandrake Linux release 10.0 (Community) for i586
for some reason I have both a redhat one and a mandrake one. This isn't fool-proof. Because this file could easily changed but I doubt anyone would do that
OK, the reason it didn't work is because useradd is only in the path for root and just doing 'su' does not change the environment variables, only the user. To be root with all root's environment set up you need to type:
Originally posted by devinWhalen actually you can just use su to become root....at least on my system
You didn't read what I wrote - su WITHOUT the hyphen will make you root, but it will not load root's environment (most importantly it won't give you root's PATH, just the normal user's path)
WITH the hyphen it gives you root's environment settings - his PATH, any other environment variables like DISPLAY that root might have set. Most importantly it puts /sbin in the path which it isn't usually for a normal user.
Obviously this all depends on what PATH you set for different users - if they have the same path as the root then nothing much will change apart from what you can load and change.