Linux DevCenter: Using the Root Account on Debian
Dec 05, 2005, 09:15 (1 Talkback[s])
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"There is one user account on your Debian system that has the
power to change anything: the root account. By power, I mean
absolute power. The root user account can read, replace, or remove
any file. It can read or write to any attached device. It can read
or write to any part of the computer's memory. If there's even a
mere suspicion that a piece of software is buggy or poses a
security risk, there's no way you should run it as root.
"Because of the power of the root account, sensible system
administrators take a good deal of care when using it..."