HELP! Is that possible "creating a user named root but acturally not the administrator root"

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Thu Feb 11 05:23:26 UTC 2010

On Thu, 11 Feb 2010 00:18:30 -0500, Robert Huff <roberthuff at> wrote:
>Lin Taosheng writes:
>>      Is that possible to implementated?
> For most purposes, what's important is not the account name,
> but the User II.  "Root" is special because it has UID 0.  You can,
> create other accounts with UIS 0 ... but it's usually a Very Bad
> Idea.
> As far as I know, there's no reason you can't rename the "root"
> account and have a non UID 0 account with that name.  On the other
> hand, if you're asking this question there may be a better way to
> accomplish your objective: would you care to share?

The kernel doesn't really care what your user *name* is.  See for
example the 'toor user in '/etc/master.passwd'.

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