I've commonly seen references to a
wheel user group online as well as when setting up my
sudoers file. Does naming a group
wheel imply something special about the group or is it just a name for a generic group used in the same manner that
bar are thrown about?
Rather than have to dole out individual permissions on a system, you can add users to the wheel group and they can gain access to administrator levels, simply by being in the wheel group. It's typically tied directly into
## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL
Which means you can do anything on the system with
Previously you needed to be in the wheel group if you wanted to have access to use certain commands, such as
excerpt - Wheel on Wikipedia
Modern Unix systems use user groups to control access privileges. The wheel group is a special user group used on some Unix systems to control access to the su command, which allows a user to masquerade as another user (usually the super user).