Subject: wheel? (was: wheel vs root (newby question?))
To: Josh Huber <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Leonard <email@example.com>
Date: 01/09/1996 08:12:00
Hmm this makes me wonder: what is the history of the name given to gid 0?
Why `wheel' and not `privileged', `su' or something like that.
> > After installing NetBSD I found all the files owned by 'wheel', which is
> > not in the password file. As superuser (booted up single user) I had no way
> > of changing this, though. I consulted the FAQ's I could find, to no avail.
> root is the SUperuser, while wheel is the group of anyone you want to be
> able to su(substitute user) to root. root is in the group wheel. to
> look at it, check out the file /etc/group(bsdi 2.0). By adding someone
> to the group wheel you give them permission to su to root, which means
> don't add just anyone to this group. If you need to change the
> owner/group of a file use the chown command like so:
> chown user.group testfile, or, for a more real example:
> chown root.wheel /etc/passwd
David Leonard Project Officer, DSTC
The University of Queensland firstname.lastname@example.org