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I have had Ubuntu for a few months by now, and I have set up an administrator profile and a 'normal' account, which I use for everyday work.

Sometimes I need the admin profile, e.g. to install programs. This means that I have to switch profiles, execute whatever commands I need with sudo through the admin profile and then go back to work.

This is rather uncomfortable, as sometimes I have got open web pages with the instructions of what I have to do on my work profile.

Is there a way to use sudo with admin username/password while I am still logged in as 'work'?

Are there any other alternatives?

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Note that you can easily switch user sessions via Ctrl+Alt+Fn where n >= 7. –  ignis Oct 30 '13 at 14:26

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The most convenient way is to use the terminal where you can launch programs with admin priviledges There are 2 options:

  1. Normal user in groud "sudo":
    You can add your normal user to the group of sudoers:

    Can I have a user execute sudo commands without being an administrator?

    Now you can execute commands in the terminal by writing sudo command

  2. Use our admin profile:
    To use your admin profile in the terminal. See answer at

    How can I run an application with a GUI as admin from a non-admin user session?

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Hey, that's great! Thanks, it's just what I was looking for: open terminal --> su <admin> --> insert password --> do what you need to do! Have a nice day, Max –  user209562 Oct 30 '13 at 15:36
    
Adding a user to the sudoers group makes him theoretically already an admin user... :-/ That is probably not intended. –  Byte Commander Aug 6 at 11:30

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