Start a new shell as root

sudo su
Opens a new shell as root. Useful if you want to run a lot of commands as superuser without needing to sudo each of them.
Sample Output
Password:
sh-3.2#

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By: Vulpine
2009-02-18 14:03:27

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You can do a better safe way sudo -i
starchox · 487 weeks and 4 days ago
Why exactly is that safer?
fabsh · 487 weeks and 4 days ago
sudo -s is the equivalent of sudo su while sudo -i is the (recommended) equivalent of sudo su - A "-u" switch can also be used, so sudo -i -u foo is equivalent to sudo su - foo
raphink · 487 weeks and 4 days ago
@fabsh: it's not safer so to say, but `sudo -i`will give you root's environment (like `sudo su -`) while `sudo su` (or `sudo -s`) won't.
raphink · 487 weeks and 4 days ago
And, if you think about it, what you really want is to run a shell as root. If you do sudo sh it may make sense, but that will disregard the users's default shell. There is no point in running 'su' as root just to get a shell. So, sudo -i or sudo -s, pretty please.
kov · 487 weeks and 4 days ago
@raphink OK. So by environment you mean home directory and shell presets, I presume? :)
fabsh · 487 weeks and 4 days ago

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