theoretical question - can root's username be changed?

Craig White craigwhite at
Fri Dec 2 03:36:27 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-12-01 at 21:46 -0500, Claude Jones wrote:
> On Thu December 1 2005 9:31 pm, Mike McCarty wrote:
> > Claude Jones wrote:
> > > Subject line says it all...
> >
> > Define "change a user's name". What is a user on a computer
> > with a different name? Isn't that a different user?
> > Are you asking whether other users may have the same privilege
> > as root?
> > The answer is "Yes".
> >
> Let me put it differently. Root's UID is 0 - suppose I change UID 0's User 
> Login to 'doorknob' - first, can this be done? Second, would I have to create 
> a new home directory called 'doorknob'? Third, are there any implications, 
> doing this, for other software and/or settings in a Linux PC? Fourth - if 
> this shouldn't be done, can a new user, say UID 15, be created with all the 
> same privileges as root, and can root then be purged? 
Best to save feeble attempts of security through obscurity for Windows. 

Create another user and you can set that user's uid to 0 if you wish.


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