In this part of RHCSA exam preparation you will learn how to login to your RHEL system and how to switch between regular and root user.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to login as a regular user or root
- How to switch user in multiuser target
Software Requirements and Conventions Used
|Category||Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used|
|System||Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8|
|Other||Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the
# – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
How to verify multi-user target
First, verify that your system is running in the
multi-user level of operation.
- To do so execute the following
$ systemctl get-default
- In case your system does not currently boot into
multi-userrunlevel by default execute the following command to change the default boot target.
# systemctl set-default multi-user
- Reboot your system
Log in and switch users
By now you should have a login prompt in front of you running the
- Login into the system as a regular user. During the RHEL installation you have created at least one user so use the user credentials and log in. After successful login your should see a prompt similar to the one below:
The prefix before the actual
$sign on your prompt will be different. However, by default it displays a user name of the user which is currently logged in and the RHEL system’s hostname.
The most important part to note here, however, is the actual
$sign. There are only two possible characters which might be displayed at the end of your shell prompt and they are the
$sign indicates that you are logged in as a non-privileged regular user and will not be able to perform any administrative tasks. On the other hand the
#denotes that you have gained a root administrative access allowing you to perform any administrative and non-administrative tasks.
DID YOU KNOW?
That it is a good Linux system administrator practice to perform any tasks which do not require privileged administrative access as a regular user. It is possible to perform any given task as a administrative root user, however, your risk to inadvertently damage your system, or delete data as a result of mistake or accident. It is highly recommended to gain administrative access only in case that the task ahead requires it!
- Gain root access by using the
sucommand and using
-as an argument and provide the appropriate root password. Follow this tutorial in case you need to reset your root password:
[linuxconfig@rhcsa ~]$ su -
- Confirm that your have gained root access by execution of the
whoamicommand. Seeing the
#sign at the end of your shell prompt is also a good indication that your have gained a privileged system access.
[root@rhcsa ~]# whoami root [root@rhcsa ~]#
- Login back as a regular user. Since we have already logged in as a regular user all we have to the is to exit the root shell session gained in the previous step by executing the
exitcommand or pressing the
[root@rhcsa ~]# whoami root [root@rhcsa ~]# exit logout [linuxconfig@rhcsa ~]$ whoami linuxconfig [linuxconfig@rhcsa ~]$
Yet, another alternative exists and that is to create another regular user session by using the
su -command with an argument of the user we wish to login as. Example:
[root@rhcsa ~]# whoami root [root@rhcsa ~]# su - linuxconfig [linuxconfig@rhcsa ~]$ whoami linuxconfig [linuxconfig@rhcsa ~]$
When using the
sucommand from a root privileged shell the user does not need to enter the appropriate regular user password. However, accessing root shell from a regular user shell session by using the
sucommand, the user is required to enter the appropriate root or regular user password.
- Change your default boot target unit to
graphical.target. Is there any difference when switching users from a terminal command line in comparison to the
- What is the difference between execution of the following to commands?
$ su linuxconfig
$ su - linuxconfig