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 14:03:42 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
>>>>> -'?
>>>I know NOTHING about amanda but if you really need root to install it
>>>and do not want to enable root, you can use "sudo su -" or "sudo -i"
>>>and you will be root until you type "exit" or do "ctrl-d".
>> Amanda is the Advanced Maryland Automatic Disk Archiver & hails back
>> probably 20 years, still in constant development.  New snapshots are
>> released 2-4 times a week.
>> Printed for reference, many many thanks. I didn't really want to create a
>> root login, cuz the last time I did that and tried to remove it, the only
>> way I could remove it was by a bare metal re-install.
>> sudo -i, I take it is the immortal option, won't time out in a few
>> minutes?
>> How about the sudu su -?
>Thanks. I know what amanda is, but I have never installed or used it -
>so know nothing about it...
>"sudo -i" and "sudo su -" are equivalent and do not time out. It is as
>if you have enabled root, albeit temporarily.

Which is what I need in this case.

>For reference, to re-disable root
>sudo passwd -d
>sudo passwd -l
>should do it.

A refresher read of man passwd was in order.  One of those things I didn't 
think of at the time.  CRS or oldtimers I suppose. :(

Thank you Tom.

Cheers, Gene
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