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I'm a beginner at learning to use the Raspberry Pi, and I was wondering what the difference between pi@raspberry:~# and pi@raspberry:~$ are? I'm using PuTTy.

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# for refers to root and $ refers to a regular user.

You can use either, but if you are running lots of commands that require root access logging in using pi@raspberry:~# is probably more useful than using pi@raspberry:~$, just because it saves adding sudo to the start of commands that require root access.

  • Thanks mate Just as a follow up, would that involve me logging in as "root" rather than "pi" when using Putty? – J_Sun Jun 19 '17 at 14:52
  • I think logging in as pi will work, if it doesn't I guess you would have to log in as root. – Darth Vader Jun 19 '17 at 16:03
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    It is safer to login as the Pi user and switch to the root user (sudo su). This will allow you to disable root logins via SSH. – Steve Robillard Jun 19 '17 at 16:52

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