Originally a class of UNIX account having all system modification privileges, thus by extension an expert user or system administrator. Used at Penn to mean any system or network administrator or knowledgeable support person. The Office of Information Systems and Computing sponsors a Superuser Group that meets monthly to explore issues of interest to the computing support community.
A special account on each workstation which has powers to read and write any file on the system. The superuser account is used by the Unix system manager to install software, fix problems and provide backups.
Superusers have complete authority over configuration and maintenance of the Helpdesk system. It is the responsibility of the initial Superuser to delegate groups for access to areas of the system for the user base. It is possible to have more than one Superuser.