Logging in as root
Many system maintenance tasks require you to log
in as root.
For example, you must be
root to stop the system.
Do not confuse the root login with running in
single-user mode, as described in
``Changing to single-user state (system state s)''.
The only similarity is that both
require the use of the root password.
To log in as root, you must know
the root password.
If you do not know it, ask the administrator who
installed your system.
You also need to see the
login: message on the screen.
If you are using a character-based display and do not see this message,
press <Ctrl>D until it appears.
Take special care when you are logged in as
In particular, be careful when deleting or modifying files or
This is important because root has
unlimited access to all files, and it is possible to
remove or modify a file that is vital to the system.
Avoid using wildcard designators in
filenames and keep track of your current working directory.
To log in as root:
The system opens the root account.
If you are using a graphical display, you see the Desktop
of the root account.
If you have logged in to a character-based display,
you see the root prompt ``#''.
You can exit at any time by pressing
<Ctrl>D or by entering exit on the command line.
When you see the login display, enter the root login name:
Enter the root password when prompted.
The system does not display the password as you
enter it, so enter each keystroke carefully.
Building on boot
Using the haltsys and reboot commands
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SCO OpenServer Release 6.0.0 - 02 June 2005