editing /etc/sudoers

Robert Holtzman holtzm at cox.net
Sat Nov 29 06:57:18 UTC 2008

Running 8.04. After adding another user I need to add her to the 
/etc/sudoers file. The Ubuntu forum, 
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Sudoers talks about vi being the 
default editor for visudo in 8.04. Does this provide the same safeguards 
as visudo did?

If I read the docs right the entry to allow the new user to install 
software would be "username ALL=(username) /usr/bin, /usr/sbin". Could 
someone please confirm this or correct me? Assuming it's correct, is 
that the only entry required? The docs I saw weren't that clear (or was 
it me who was dense?).


Bob Holtzman
"If you think you're getting free lunch,
  check the price of the beer"

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list