Setting the root password

John dingo at
Fri Sep 17 15:02:24 UTC 2004

Tristan Rhodes wrote:

>>> there's one we missed, please let us know which.
>> I suppose he's talking about bash autocompletion feature, if you want to
>> execute root commands with sudo and you don't have /sbin and /usr/sbin
>> in your normal user's path, you don't cannot use the "TAB" key and you
>> need to type the whole command.
> I got the path set correctly by typing
> sudo su -
> Then Bash auto-completion works with the right path.  Can't live 
> without auto-completion!
> Tristan Rhodes

That's one way, but it should "just work."

I've seen advice to install stuff:
sudo apt-get install stuff
apt-get expects to find stuff in a directory listed in ${PATH} and some 
of the stuff it expects to find is in one of the sbin directories.

Putting sbin in everyone's path as advocated by mdz is one way, but I 
have a slightly queasy feeling about that. Patching sudo to do it right 
strikes me as sound.

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