sudo versus #

Avi Greenbury avismailinglistaccount at
Thu Feb 11 08:55:27 UTC 2010

Knapp wrote:

> > From MY perspective, the key thing YOU seem to miss is that I have
> > TWO passwds, and I think that is the way it should be and want it
> > and it is bothering me that Ubuntu says I should have one.  I have
> > a total of about 6 passwords that I will never forget.
> >
> > I understood the part of having no root password.  I DID read at
> > least SOME of those pages folks sent me.  It explained that and my
> > reaction was, "blech. that is not what I want."
> A basic Ubuntu install has one user that can use sudo and the password
> is the same for both.
> You want two passwords and basically 2 users; SU and USER.
> This is really easy to do!!!! You just make the base user, lets call
> him super, have your really long good password and then add a second
> users, lets call him newbieUser.

So in order to work as root, you now have to 

$ su super
$ sudo <somecommand>
$ sudo <nextcommand>

rather than just giving root a password and doing

$ su
# somecommand
# nextcommand

This seems needlessly over-complicated to me.

Avi Greenbury ;)

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