sudo versus #

Knapp magick.crow at
Thu Feb 11 09:08:15 UTC 2010

On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 9:55 AM, Avi Greenbury
<avismailinglistaccount at> wrote:
> 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

No, I would have one of the getty signed on as super.
ctrl-alt-f1 (from desktop)
# sudo su
# some command
#Some command.
(now you are back at your desktop)
When you go back you don't even have to do sudo su, you are already there.

Douglas E Knapp

Open Source Sci-Fi mmoRPG Game project.

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