© David Both 2020
D. BothUsing and Administering Linux: Volume 1https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5049-5_11

11. Working As Root

David Both1 
Raleigh, NC, USA


In this chapter you will learn
  • The functional difference between root and non-root users

  • The advantages of having root access

  • The disadvantages of having root access

  • To raise the privilege level of a non-root user to enable access to privileged tasks

  • The correct usage of sudo

  • How to assign a non-root user root privileges to run a single program

Why root?

All Linux computer systems need an administrator. The system administrator – SysAdmin – is the user with assigned authority to perform any necessary administrative task on a computer. For Unix and Linux, that administrator is called root. ...

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