Can login using root password, but not remotely with SSH

Kevin Kinsey kdk at
Tue Oct 23 05:57:05 PDT 2007

John Murphy wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Oct 2007 15:39:19 -0400
> Robert Huff <roberthuff at> wrote:
>> James writes:
>>>  Add yourself to wheel (which is the root group on FreeBSD, a name
>>>  I believe it inherited from earlier BSDs, but I've no idea what
>>>  the justification for choosing 'wheel' is; any BSD historians
>>>  here - you'd be welcome to let us know!)
>> 	Not sure, but I believe "wheel" predates UNIX.  I have
>> certainly seen the idea on OSes that do.

Some anecdotal evidence on the web suggests that the idea
was present in BBN's TENEX in 1969.

Shrouded in the mists of time, indeed.

Kevin Kinsey
I do not take drugs -- I am drugs.
		-- Salvador Dali

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