Switching users

Overview

Newer platforms, v6+ platforms specifically, permit switching users from the account user from the terminal. Once switched to the user, you assume the permission rights as this user, including the ability to remove files.

Usage

Use su to switch users from the main user. You will not be required to enter the account password on v6+ platforms. You can also use sudo rm to remove files; be careful: any file can be removed! Before switching users, you will be prompted to enter your account password.

Examples

To switch users (from admin user to “troy”):

su troy

To remove all files under /home/matt (as admin user):

sudo rm -rf /home/troy
Updated on July 14, 2019

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