Vote for new Ubuntu Feature---Let's try it again

Jeffrey F. Bloss jbloss at
Tue Jan 9 22:13:29 UTC 2007

Wulfy wrote:

> Jeffrey F. Bloss wrote:
> > Wulfy wrote:
> >
> >   
> >> Jeffrey F. Bloss wrote:
> >>     
> >>> mtyoung wrote:
> >>>   
> >>>       
> >>>> So, if Ubuntu wants to make me think twice before it allows me to
> >>>> change something, then let it give me a warning message and ask
> >>>> for [my password] 
> >>>>         
> >>> It's not what "Ubuntu wants", it's called keeping a multiuser
> >>> operating system secure. If you want free and clear access to
> >>> everything as a user, then either run your system in a horribly
> >>> insecure way by logging in and doing everything as root all the
> >>> time, or choose an operating system that doesn't make any
> >>> distinction between users and administrators. 
> >>>   
> >>>       
> >> How is asking for a password which must be correct and the user
> >> with sudoer having rights to do the operation in question (or the
> >> authorisation fails) granting "free and clear access to
> >> everything" or "run[ning] your system in a horribly insecure way
> >> by logging in... as root"?
> >>     
> >
> > How are the original poster's problems and solutions *not* readable
> > as "I don't want to figure it out, I want to do it NOW!"?
> >
> > Fine... there's a really easy solution to that dilemma... :)
> >
> >   
> The choices you seem to be offering are "do it MY way or install 
> Windows"...  some choice.

Odd, I thought I not only suggested a third, correct alternative, I
explained why. If I hadn't we wouldn't be discussing sudo, now would
we. :)

> I'm currently running Debian Sarge so I don't use sudo.
> OK.  Let's work this through.  If I sudo <command> (and am authorised
> to so that command) my privileges are upped to root (or whatever is
> given to me in the sudoers file).  Does that only work for that one
> command? 

Yes. Once the command or session is finished your admin privileges are
"revoked". If you want to be like superuser again you need to reissue
the sudo command.

> Do I have to use sudo for every command and put my password
> in each time?

Yes and no. Sudo "remembers" your password for a time, so if you're
issuing several commands in succession you need only enter it once.

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