I've messed something up now

Doug dmcgarrett at optonline.net
Sat Sep 24 04:28:53 UTC 2011

On 09/23/2011 11:54 PM, Knute Johnson wrote:
> I'm getting a message when I try to sudo that I'm not in the sudoers 
> file.  Any idea what I've done and how to fix it?
> Thanks,
Did you ever have sudo working?  Some distros don't put you into the 
sudoers file--you have to do it yourself.  To
edit the sudoers file, you should invoke visudo, as root, which checks 
to see that you haven't bollixed it up.  Just
type visudo, and it will open the file in the editoor. Here's what the 
relevant section of the file should look like:

# User privilege specification
root    ALL=(ALL) ALL

# Uncomment to allow people in group wheel to run all commands
#%wheel ALL=(ALL)       ALL

# Same thing without a password
#%wheel ALL=(ALL)       NOPASSWD: ALL
# %users  ALL=/sbin/mount /cdrom,/sbin/umount /cdrom
# %users  localhost=/sbin/shutdown -h now
name  ALL=(ALL) ALL

Where you see "name" above, put in your user name.  visudo uses vi 
syntax, so check on the vi commands to
save and exit the file.  Note:  You can read the file with cat, from 
root--not from your user permission.  If it
looks OK, then there's another problem.


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