Originally Posted by transhour
maybe its cause morning coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
but doesn't su stand for "switch user" and sudo stands for "super user do"
@chemical, yeah they are two different programs, i disable sudo in ubuntu, i don't like it much, i use su instead when i need root privileges.
Correct. su is switch user. It actually has nothing to do with gaining root privileges. The only reason it gets confused with sudo is that su defaults to root if you don't supply a user name.
If I just type "su" I will switch to root. If I want to go back I type "su nathris"
Also, vi/vim/emacs/etc.. are useless as far as I'm concerned. They are only used by people old enough to have grown up without a modern GUI. The only time I would ever consider using one is through SSH.
If you're doing something simple like editing a config file then nano is all you need. Anything more than cut/copy/paste/find is useless.
For anything else I wouldn't give up gedit with my built in console/python terminal, build tools, tabs, and sessions for anything.