sudo & accounts

Dennis Kaarsemaker dennis at
Thu Jun 30 19:47:48 UTC 2005

On do, 2005-06-30 at 21:03 +0200, Alain Muls wrote:

> When I needed to install software, I thought I would be able
> to do it with my (daddy's) passwd, but this did not work. I could only
> do it by giving my son's passwd (sonpwd). This I find quite odd, is it
> a mistake of mine that I think that the sudo passwd should be the
> passwd from the first (trusted) created user?

There is no such thing as 'the sudo password' sudo wants the password of
the user that executes sudo. So if you are logged in as son, you need
sons password for sudo and administrative tasks.

The rights every user has are defined in /etc/sudoers which can be
edited with 'sudo visudo'. By default (on hoary), any user in the group
admin has complete rights. 

Dennis K.
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