Is My Root User Hidden?

Is my root user hidden?

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The root user is a sort of “superuser” that can perform advanced system administrative tasks on your system. If you have a VPS or Dedicated Server plan you can use the root user to perform tasks that other users (such as your cPanel user) do not have the privilege of performing.

Is My Root User Hidden?

You may also be wondering what the sudo user is.

No. Your root user is not hidden. The “root” or “superuser” is a conventional part of every computer we administer. However, you have access to the root user only in a private hosting environment.

There many different ways you can use your root user. You can log into WHM with user set as “root” and your root password (which you can request through your Account Management Panel).

Why is the “root” User a Secret?

The root user is not a secret. The root user or “superuser” is present in every Linux or “Unix-like” operating system. If you would like more information about what you can do with the root user, you are best advised to read some of the material provided in the next section.

More Resources for the Advanced User

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Christopher Maiorana joined the InMotion community team in 2015 and regularly dispenses tips and tricks in the Support Center, Community Q&A, and the InMotion Hosting Blog.

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  • I have root access but cannot use su on the terminal. I also could not use it in an ssh window. I get a bash error. I can only seem to use it if I log in to ssh as root.

    • Hello and thanks for contacting us. You should be able to use it in the WebHost Manager (WHM) Terminal. Your ability to use it in cPanel terminal depends on WHM shell access settings.

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