theoretical question - can root's username be changed?

Jeff Vian jvian10 at
Sat Dec 3 13:25:25 UTC 2005

On Fri, 2005-12-02 at 09:01 -0600, akonstam at wrote:
> > The privileges are given to UID 0, but many things depend on the name as
> > well so it becomes very difficult to remove the username.
> > 
> I had this reaction also, But in thinking about it I had a hard time
> coming up with any facility in Fedora that depend on the name root.
> Could you give an example?

Guy gave you a pretty good list, but did not mention 
su -
console helper (used with all the system-config-xxxxx tools)
    (I have tested the two above myself.)
the mail aliases file /etc/aliases.  Yes, it can be changed but would be
a pain.

And so many others that I do not have time to research the details. (I
am not planning to remove the username of root at any foreseeable future
time, so do not need to be that exhaustive.)

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