installed a little kde, it switched to it on the reboot, and most stuff is missing, no access to a shell of any kind

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Tue Dec 15 13:56:49 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 15 December 2009, Tom H wrote:
>>>> But, now I have another problem.  I'm trying to install amanda, but no
>>>> matter what I do to the user amanda using vim to fix /etc/sudoers and
>>>> /etc/group, I cannot get into /home/amanda to actually do the
>>>> installation, which for some portions of it requires a real root
>>>> account.  Whats the best way to  fix that so I can actually do an 'su
>>>> -'?
>>> Goh Lip<g.lip at> wrote:
>>>> > Jonas Norlander wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> > I have been trying to fix only the /usr/bin/sudo and have not tried
>>>> > fixing /etc/sudoers. Any thoughts on how to do that?
>>> /etc/sudoers is the configuration file for the sudo command and as
>>> default there is not much in it. The only uncommented line for my
>>> Jaunty machine is:
>>> Defaults        env_reset
>>> root    ALL=(ALL) ALL
>>> %admin ALL=(ALL) ALL
>Reading this email from Goh has made me realise that I might have
>misunderstood you and that you MIGHT be logged in as "amanda" (IMHO,
>you should not be able to log in as "amanda". It should be an account
>that you su or sudo to if need be) and unable to sudo from it (so my
>earlier advice about was unhelpful).
>On a default Ubuntu sudo setup, adding "amanda" to the "admin" group
>will allow you to sudo.
I believe I did that, but I'll check.  Yes.  Didn't appear to help.  From 
/etc/group of Mint 8:

/etc/group here:

and from /etc/passwd:

And from /etc/sudoers:
admin ALL=(ALL) ALL
gene ALL=(ALL) ALL
amanda ALL=(ALL) ALL

At one point, it demanded a password for amanda, but none has ever been set.
Here on this F10 install, amanda, for root at least, is a simple su - amanda, 
no pw asked or required, and passwd looks like this:
Should I take the ,,, out of the mint 8 passwd for amanda?  Done.

Do you need anything else, Tom?


Cheers, Gene
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