sudo (as suggested by the accepted answer) probably is the correct solution at your problem.
That said, if you really need something resembling a second
root account, you can create an alias to the system
To do that, follow these steps:
- locate the
root account line (often the very first line). It will be something similar to
- copy/paste it changing the first
root occurence in
root2 (ie: changing it in
- save your changes and exit the text editor
passwd root2 and enter the new password
Note: if you whish, you can avoid direct editing the
/etc/passwd file by replacing steps 1-3 with the following command:
useradd -o -u 0 -g 0 -N -d /root/ -M root2 (see
useradd --help for more information about the required options)
At this point, you can login using not only the original
root account (with its original password), but also using the new
root2 account (with its new password).
Anyway, remember that it is an alias of an existing user, rather than a completely new user. This means that any files created while logged as
root2 have the very same numerical oid/gid of the original system
root account (which has
0 as both uid and gid).