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Old 07-16-2004, 07:55 AM   #1
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Root? normal user? what does it all mean?

I know that Root is the SU, or super super user, and im starting to see that no one runs as root all the time.... I guess this is to keep security up, but, if this is the case, how do u create another profile to log on with>>>> Is this that important to do? im starting to thing is, because now some differnt types of software are telling me that i should not be in root all the time.... SO... *shrug* what does it all mean ,,,,, thanks again.
Old 07-16-2004, 08:09 AM   #2
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You should of created a user when you installed the OS.

Are you currently running as root?

You can make users using the command prompt but it is easy to do it through the GUI.

It depends on which window manager you are using but on KDE it is just "start menu" --> "System settings" --> "users and groups"
Old 07-16-2004, 10:39 AM   #3
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you can also use useradd or adduser to create a user from the command line.

The regular user has restricted rights on the system. (s)he would be able to use the system but won't be able to change much other his/her own environment. This keeps the system from harms way.

root has total control of the system and a wrong command can render the system unusable. How unusable depends on the graveness of the destruction caused by the wrong command.
Old 07-16-2004, 11:37 AM   #4
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Last, but not least, all commands and programs invoked by a user, have the same rights the user has. So the program can modify only the files the user can modify.
If you run a malfunctioning program with root user, that program could destroy important data even if you don't do anything wrong.
Same thing for a hackable program. if it gets hacked while running as a regular user, the hacker will get only regular user privileges.
Old 07-16-2004, 02:50 PM   #5
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AH,,, that makes since,,,, guess i need to create a normal user before I break it lol
Old 07-16-2004, 05:06 PM   #6
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for slackware just type adduser as root for other distro's useradd -m -s /bin/bash username should get you started or useradd -m -s /bin/bash -G disk,floppy,sys username

the -G option adds your user to the different groups

and easier way find the graphical version in kde or gnome


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