mario.vukelic at dantian.org
Sat Nov 29 09:33:20 UTC 2008
On Fri, 2008-11-28 at 23:57 -0700, Robert Holtzman wrote:
> Running 8.04. After adding another user I need to add her to the
> /etc/sudoers file.
What *exactly* do you want her to allow to do?
> 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?
You always run "visudo" (which is just unfortunately named). Which
editor actually gets invoked is determined by environment variables.
>From "man visudo":
The following environment variables are used only if visudo was
configured with the --with-env-editor option:
VISUAL Invoked by visudo as the editor to use
EDITOR Used by visudo if VISUAL is not set"
So, set VISUAL to your editor of choice and run visudo.
> 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".
No. This will let user "username" run any program from /usr/bin
and /usr/sbin on any host as user "username" (i.e., must not su to
> 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?).
Which docs? If you ask me, "man sudoers" is hard to read and seems
complicated, but it is very much worth it. Search down to the EXAMPLES
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