During OS installation, I created only one account. Let's call it
howdy. I thought it would have sudo privileges but I was wrong.
I scoured the internet and this forum to find out how to add
howdy to the sudoers' list. I was under the impression that
usermod -a -G sudo username would work. I opened a root terminal and issued the command. I closed it.
Next I opened a normal terminal and issued the following command:
sudo gedit /etc/openvpn/update-resolv-conf
The following are the error messages:
howdy@wendy:~$ sudo gedit /etc/openvpn/update-resolv-conf sudo: unable to resolve host wendy [sudo] password for howdy: howdy is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported. [sudo] password for howdy:
Furthermore I discovered that my root password has changed to the password for
howdy. This is odd.
So when I opened a root terminal I now had to enter the password for
howdy (the original root password did not work) and issued the command
visudo and scrolled down to the phrase
# Allow members of group sudo to execute any command My account called
howdy is not on it.
I need help with the following:
(1) Undo the changes brought about by
usermod -a -G sudo username, especially to revert the root password to the original password I entered during OS installation. I don't know what the parameters
(2) Show me how to add my account called
howdy to the sudoers' list.