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pico Primer for Competitors - Shell Chapter - Got Shell? Section
Q.4: What does `$` mean?
A.4: `$` is a separator. Everything before it is the computer generated prompt and everything after is the user typed command
Note on answer: Most example commands I show will start with `$` just as an indicator that the example command is ran in the shell.
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alial3mamy commented Dec 19, 2020

مع ملاحظة: أنه إذا كان المؤشر$ فهذا يدل على أنك مستخدم عادي أي بدون امتيازات الجذر. أما إذا كنت تعمل بصلاحيات الجذر سيظهر لك علامة #.

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syreal17 commented Dec 22, 2020

Great note, thank you!

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ColdNuudles commented Feb 9, 2022

Tons and lessons elsewhere, and this is the first time I am hearing this. Thank you!

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Abusaddik commented Mar 15, 2022

You are right thank you o here from you

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wareex commented Mar 23, 2022


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Exzou commented Oct 6, 2022

mmmmm not really.


$ is a standard privilege user
# is root. No passwords or sudo needed.
The reason you often see a $ sign in an example is to show you which user you need to be in order for the script / command to work.

Example 1: Q0h313th@pico-2019-shelll1:~$

The dollar sign in example 1 indicates you're running your commands as a standard user and need elevated permissions for certain commands. When you use sudo it is because you do not have root privileges. You use sudo to temporarily elevate your privileges and then enter the accounts password. if your account looked like:

Example 2: root@pico-2019-shelll1:~#

[notice the pound (often referred to as a hashtag in mainstream media now) verses the $ dollar sign] In example 2 you are now running as root. A command which previously needed sudo followed by your accounts password scan now be entered without sudo and it will run. This is obviously very dangerous, which is why the $ user and the need of sudo with a password following was set up.

A more accurate and concise answer can be found here:

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jmorgan28-01 commented Oct 28, 2022

thanks @Exzou was wondering the difference between the '$' and the '#' on my kali linux shell but is root just like admin privileges?

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