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View Poll Results: What does the command su mean
Super User 32 33.68%
Substitute User 15 15.79%
Switch User 48 50.53%
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:18 AM   #31
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I su, You su, We su, i was suing.... If is am right, the question was about meaning, not about language. Not everything leading to an action has to be a verb?
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:05 PM   #32
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Yes, it has an evolving meaning - quite a lot of unix based stuff does.

I learnt it as super user (super user me - so it can be a 'adjectivated' [sic] verb).

But, yes recently it means switch user.

I am kinda interested in what the OP thought it was when he/she fist posted, did the OP know it was an evolved term so the poll should have allowed for all three to be selected, or were they wallowing in some idea there was a definitive definition.
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Actually, this command didn't significantly evolve since Unix left the Bell labs in the late seventies.

The poll question should have been who has authority to explain the meaning of this Unix command's two letters name.

1 - Its original author in the early days: super user

2 - Its original author after changing the command semantics and before Unix start spreading the world: substitute user

3 - Its Gnu implementation author(s): switch user

4 - Its Gnu documentation writer(s): substitute user

I tend to believe the third choice correctly explain the command purpose but has no added value so is less legitimate than #2 / #4.

Or perhaps "substitute" is seen as a too complicated verb to native English speakers so they prefer "switch" to it ?
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su --> They who knew.
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