Different accounts and sudo. (Was: Re: Root password???)
celtic at sairyx.org
Fri Apr 7 07:22:21 UTC 2006
On Thu, 2006-04-06 at 20:25 -0500, ZephyrQ wrote:
> This brings up a minor issue for me.
> I've just recently come to Ubuntu through Libranet (the 'it just works'
> part finally sold me...even after I shelled out $ for all 14 CDs of
> Etch) but I've had to change some administrative habits because of the
> whole "sudo/root password" thing:
> I run several desktops for different members of the family...each has
> their own archives as well. Yesterday, my daughter needed her stuff
> from the archive (pre-ubuntu) which is owned only by the admin (root).
> I opened a terminal, ran 'sudo <file manager of choice>' and it asked
> for a password. I entered my own (first user). No dice. I entered
> hers, I was not able to access her archive. I had to log out of her
> desktop (during much teenage whining) to enter mine so I could transfer
> the necessary files.
> This, IMHO, shouldn't happen this way. Did I miss something about the
> whole 'sudo' thing? It took me a week to figure it out when I first
> installed, so I prolly missed something...
It certainly should happen this way.
Sudo is not just a replacement name for su. It works in that you enter
the password of the _logged on user_ and, if that user has been
authorised, they will execute the command as root.
Therefore, you do not enter your own password, but your daughters; *if*
she has been granted access by you. (ie. placing her in the `admin'
If not, simply entering your password won't work: it's expecting your
daughters. In that case, you can change to your user, who is in
`admin' (the first user created is in admin by default), with `su
SOMEUSER,' and from there you can use sudo and enter your password again
Hope it helps,
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