Installing software in user friendly way

Henning Kilset Pedersen henning at
Tue Jul 12 12:12:57 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2005-07-12 at 08:05 -0400, Stephen R Laniel wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 01:54:50PM +0200, Henning Kilset Pedersen wrote:
> > Yes there is, in ubuntu. From my /etc/passwd file:
> > 
> > admin:x:109:henning
> [snip]
> > The *admin group* is added to the sudoers file, at least in 5.04 (Hoary
> > Hedgehog).
> Huh. I haven't observed this behavior. Is this something
> that others have seen? Maybe if you *upgraded* to Hoary, you
> don't get that group added.

This is a clean install, so you are probably right. 

> If Ubuntu behaves this way by default now, I think it's
> smart. Under OS X (and this is the point I was going to
> make), /etc/sudoers contains a line for '%admin'; then when
> you add someone to the admin group through the GUI, they're
> sudoers automatically. OS X users almost never have to think
> about /etc/sudoers -- which is a good thing.

That is *exactly* the way is is handled in my ubuntu install, too. It
seems a logical way to do things, much like the administrators group in
Windows but with the added security layer of sudo to avoid idiot


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