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Both Thunar and the ls command tell me that the /root folder has been modified recently.

Using the find -mtime -1 command within the /root folder, I discovered that a hplip log had been modified.

Is this normal? (For the /root to be modified) - I assumed this folder was reserved for the root user only.

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Anything running as root can write there (and if it is writing to the home directory without a specific pathname, output files will go there).

It is not customary to do this: perhaps you ran a program while logged in as root.

hplip is a printer-utility which has to be installed and configured interactively. For instance, this bug-report shows a case where a log was saved to the home-directory: hplip wizard won't recognize "run" file during installation

  • Has your /root directory been modified since installation? – daka Apr 5 '16 at 11:53
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I have two machines running GNU/Linux, both of which have the /root directory modified periodically without any manual intervention. I can therefore confirm that the /root directory being modified is perfectly normal and is nothing to worry about.

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