Root vs Root vs /root/

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    In the Unix world, users hear a lot about "root", but the term is used in a different way sometimes. What are the differences between the "roots"?

    The Root user is the super-admin with a User ID (UID) of 0. This user has all of the privileges and power to do anything to the system.

    /root/ is the home folder belonging to the Root user. Root's home folder may be found at /home/root/ on some Unixoid systems.

    The root (or /) is the top level of the filesystem hierarchy.

    So, the Root user's (UID=0) home-folder (/root/) is on the root (/).

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