The root user


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The root user

So far in this chapter we've been talking about user accounts and user privileges. The things that a user is or is not allowed to access on the Unix file system. Now I like us to talk about a special kind of Unix account, which is the root user. The root user is a super user account that can do absolutely anything on the Unix system. It can open any file, it can run any program, it can change any permissions. It is an all-powerful user that's not bound by the normal user permissions that we've been discussing so far. So the root user can see Lynda's photos and they can read Kevin's documents.

In fact, they can even delete Kevin and Lynda's accounts. When Unix is first installed on a computer, it's this root user that exists before you've even created the user accounts. So as the root user, you would first create Kevin's account, give him a password, and then from then on we can log in as Kevin. Now in Mac OS X, you don't see that process happen, b...

The root user
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The root user provides you with in-depth training on IT. Taught by Kevin Skoglund as part of the Unix for Mac OS X Users

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