su - pielm

what will this commadn do ?
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rowansmithConnect With a Mentor Commented:
This command will switch to the user named "pielm" the "-" will prevent the running of the users startup scripts (if any).  If you are not root when you run this command then you will be prompted for the password of user pielm.

Try typing "man su" for the su manual page.

Or fllow this link:

upanwarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you do the su - <user name> then it will bring you in the perticular user's home directory and will load user's environment variable and you.

su - pielm

In short you will become the user pielm with full rights and environment setting of pielm but If you will not include the - then you will just become user pielm, without changing the current directory and environment variable.

like: su pielm

If you executing this command as root then It will not ask for password but if you are executing this as a not root user then it will prompt for password.

If we simply type su or su - with a non root user, it means we are trying to become root and it will prompt us for password.
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