Can not start some Administration applications

Craig Hagerman craighagerman at
Wed Sep 6 01:59:39 UTC 2006

On 9/6/06, Robert E. Butts <himco2 at> wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-09-06 at 01:57 +0900, Craig Hagerman wrote:
> > Odd huh? I am puzzled and wonder what I should do at this point. Any
> > ideas?
> I would suggest trying to start one or more from the commandline using
> gksu (not sudo), for example,
> gksu users-admin
> If you can get the users module open with admin privileges, I'd suggest
> you change those UID's back to what they were before.
> As a workaround (not a solution) you can try adding a NOPASSWD stanza
> to /etc/sudoers.  You'll need to boot from a liveCD, mount the /
> filesystem, open /etc/sudoers and add this line where appropriate:
> Here's mine:
> # User privilege specification
> # Members of the admin group may gain root privileges

Thanks Robert, you lead me in the right direction. When I tried gksu
users-admin I got warnings about "unable to lookup <MyHostName> via
getbyhostname()". Turns out that I had copied some files over from old
installation (e.g. /etc/hosts) but I had entered /etc/hostname manually and
didn't put the .org at the end of my domain name. Because of this the system
silent refused access to some admin apps.

Thanks for your help.

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