root password setting unoffered at install

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Sun Nov 4 17:13:16 UTC 2007

On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 18:00:53 +0100
Gilles Gravier <Gilles at> wrote:

> Consider this some form of very simplistic role based access control. 
> Your normal user has the administrator role when it enters the correct 
> password. Unfortunately not much fine grain control, but still... better 
> than full access to root. :)

This is not so - on the contrary, the original point of sudo was to give
fine-grained control over which users and/or groups were allowed to run
particular applications, or perform defined administrative tasks.

man sudoers

has more information. 

apropos sudo

Points to even more :)

There is nothing at all simplistic about it, as you will discover if you
read further on the subject.


Unix is hard to learn. The process of learning it is one of multiple 
small epiphanies. -- Neal Stephenson

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