theoretical question - can root's username be changed?

Matthew Saltzman mjs at
Fri Dec 2 20:20:03 UTC 2005

On Fri, 2 Dec 2005, Mike McCarty wrote:
> One thing I can think of: There are e-mails sent to root
> from various subsystems to notify of events.

But you don't need to have the userid to route mail successfully.  See 

 	# Person who should get root's mail
 	#root:          marc

Just uncomment the second line above and put the forwarding address in 
place of "marc", save, run newaliases, and mail forwarding works, even if 
there is no root user.

I'm not claiming everything works with no root, but mail forwarding does.

 		Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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