Questions related to the sudo command that allows users to run programs with the privileges of a different user (normally the root user).

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Cannot lock '/etc/group' in recovery mode

I've currently booted into recovery mode, because I removed my sole user from admin :/ When I run adduser oadams admin, I get gpasswd: cannot lock /etc/group; try again later. For what it's worth, ...
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Is there any way to allow user to execute commands for 2 days only

How to give a sudo command permission for a specific time? is there any way to give rights to perform a specific command for 2 days only in sudoers file.?
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Why am I suddenly not a sudoer anymore? [duplicate]

I booted up Ubuntu 12.10 today, and when trying to sudo, I entered my password as usual but it had said I'm not a sudoer. So I go and check my account under User Accounts, and for some reason Im now a ...
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How to prevent system applications (like the Software Center) from asking for password?

I'd like Software Center, Update Manager and some other system management applications to work without asking for password (like sudo does if configured with NOPASSWD) but only asking for a ...
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sudo: unable to resolve host ubuntu-server [duplicate]

I have a problem with sudo. Every time when I trying to use sudo I got this problem: sudo: unable to resolve host ubuntu-server My /etc/hosts file: 127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.1.1 ...
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Mounting filesystem with special user id set

I want to mount the device /dev/sda3 to the directory /foo/bar/baz. After mounting the directory should have the uid of user johndoe. So I did: sudo -u johndoe mkdir /foo/bar/baz stat -c %U ...
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Why can't non-admin users install software?

This is probably something I don't understand since I am used to Windows and am only starting out with Ubuntu. I know that software in linux comes in packages what I don't understand is why can't ...
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How come you don't need sudo privileges to update the packages list in the 10.10 Update Manager?

I have noticed that when I press the "Check" button from the Update Manager in Maverick, it starts directly downloading the information on packages without asking me my password (sudo verification) ...
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Why I have to type my password after exiting a sudo -i session?

sudo -i in the terminal will made normal user into root user & after changing into root user if we exit then again we will be back to normal user.If we try again , next time it directly takes me ...
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How to run a command as a user whose login is disabled?

I am trying to use the su command to run an application as another user In this case I am trying to run irssi blah@ubuntu: su - [username] irssi (enter password) blah@ubuntu: (nothing happens) ...
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Save an edited file in nano, but no permissions

I edited a file in /etc/ that I want to save, but forgot to open it using sudo. I remember there was a command to save such a file in vi, and want to know if there is any such way to do it in nano? ...
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I broke Sudo after an upgrade from 9 to 12.04.1

Currently sudo will prompt for a password, but absolutely nothing happens after that. No errors of any kind. I've checked the sudoers file, it passed the visudo syntax check, here's the setup: # # ...
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How to rename sudoers back to its original naming? [duplicate]

Today I made a big mistake, I run the command mv /etc/sudoers{,.bak} on my ubuntu machine and now sudoers file is missing This is the message given in terminal wherever I use sudo sudo: unable ...
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How to make 'sudo' grab the password from a file?

I want to run a command that requires the sudo password say: sudo apt-get update Isn't this supposed to work (I have stored the password in a normal text file passwd.txt): sudo apt-get update ...
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Cannot echo “hello” > x.txt even with sudo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: sudo & redirect output I'm trying to create a file in /var/www, but even with sudo this fails: user@debVirtual:/var/www$ sudo echo "hello" > f.txt -bash: f.txt: ...
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Security risk in everyday use of an admin account (not root)?

The only thing that distinguishes my admin account from normal accounts is that my admin account is a member of the sudo group and can run sudo. Is it any less secure to use my admin account for ...
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Launch Sublime Text 2 from terminal [duplicate]

I am new to Ubuntu and is trying to configure my environment so i can launch Sublime Text 2 directly from the terminal. I followed the solution on this post but no luck so far. These are steps I did ...
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Is there a desktop-neutral gksudo?

There are various tools for various desktops that aim to run a graphical application as root. gksudo, kdesudo, empower, etc... But what if I'm writing a script that could be used on any Linux ...
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Why does sudo ask for a password in window after I've just authenticated in a different one?

If I am using the command line in xterm, gnome-terminal, etc., I can keep sudo from re-prompting for a password, within some limits, or I can disable it. As a compromise between usability and ...
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how to be warned if terminal has sudo privileges and also show how much time is left?

How to see in the terminal that you have sudo privileges? (so knowing I have these privileges, I can just type sudo -k) It would be better to not add too much information into the terminal also, just ...
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Run only parts of a script as sudo, entering password only once

I am writing a script (actually a combination of scripts and makefile) that installs external dependencies: some apt-get commands, some git cloning, building, installing, adding users to groups, ... ...
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Difference between cat and sudo cat? [duplicate]

Can you tell me what the difference is between cat and sudo cat? All I know so far is that cat is used for displaying contents of file and concatenation.
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sudo permission doesn't time out durring apt-get upgrade

Consider this: You type $sudo apt-get upgrade and get a list of things that need upgrading with a "Y\n" confirmation. before you can read the list, and type "Y" or "n", the phone rings, or your boss ...
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Why does echoing these parameters with sudo not work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: sudo & redirect output These are suggestions given by powertop to save energy: echo 1500 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs echo 1 > ...
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How could I have dropped out of sudoers? [duplicate]

I started to receive a message dims is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported. about myself. How could this happen? The suspicious command I made was creating group "advanced" ...
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Error after sudo-ing “sudo: must be setuid root”

On a colleagues computer, everytime I use a sudo command, I get this error: sudo: must be setuid root I tried various things mentioned on the internet, like changing the permissions to 4755 from a ...
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How to solve “sudo: /etc/sudoers.d is world writable”

How can I fix the following error with sudo? /etc$ sudo sudo: /etc/sudoers.d is world writable usage: sudo [-D level] -h | -K | -k | -V usage: sudo -v [-AknS] [-D level] [-g groupname|#gid] [-p ...
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Can I add myself to group `root'?

$ id uid=1000(kev) gid=1000(kev) groups=1000(kev),4(adm),24(cdrom),27(sudo),30(dip),46(plugdev),109(lpadmin),124(sambashare) $ ls -l /etc/sudoers -r--r----- 1 root root 723 Jan 31 2012 /etc/sudoers ...
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sudo su doesn't change users for mysql

Last night, on my server, I did: sudo su - mysql to change to the mysql user so I could run the mysql client, which is set up so it will only authenticate from the mysql account. I successfully ...
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How to fix sudo after “chmod -R 777 /usr/bin”?

I enetered chmod -R 777 /usr/bin and now sudo is not working. It is giving error that sudo must be setuid root. On looking via Google, some advice said to run chown root:root /usr/bin/sudo chmod ...
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rm: cannot remove `/run/user/root/gvfs': Is a directory

Whenever I type a command which is similar to sudo apt-get install or anything like this I get this kind of error: $ sudo su # exit exit rm: cannot remove `/run/user/root/gvfs': Is a directory How ...
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Enable passwordless sudo as a specific user

I have two users on my system: itsadok, my main user, and elasticsearch, a user with a different ulimit for running ElasticSearch. I would like to be able to run stuff as the secondary user without ...
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Adding NOPASSWD in /etc/sudoers doesn't work

On 14.04 here. I SSHed into my machine, added the following line to /etc/sudoers: myuser ALL=NOPASSWD: ALL And then tried running: sudo mkdir /etc/blah ...and I'm being asked for my password. ...
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'Some index files failed to download' while updating

When running sudo apt-get update I get these following errors: Err archive.ubuntu.com quantal InRelease Err archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates InRelease Err archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports ...
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How can I change the default editor of the sudoedit command to be vim?

I'm trying to use sudoedit, but it keeps running the nano editor. My preferred editor is vim. How can I make it the default? Looking at the man page, man sudoedit, I've noticed the following: ...
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Cannot connect to X Server when running app with sudo

When I am running some software using sudo command it showing error like cannot connect to X server For example if I run the following command: $ sudo gedit /etc/profile I am getting ...
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Home folder in `root` and not in `home`… I'm confused!

I have an issue with my home folder and this are giving me some permission problems. I've installed an application that tells me that I have no permission to save in /home/username/Desktop, but in ...
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No password prompt at sudo command

Whenever I issue command sudo apt-get install ** it does not ask for password, not in my admin user too. How to make it prompt for password? My sudoer : ubuntu:~$ sudo cat /etc/sudoers # # This ...
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Use one password for administration and another for system login

How can I give a user one password for normal usage when logging in, and another password for system administration and sudo access? I want one user to have two passwords.
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Regain Sudo rights after removing from admin group [duplicate]

I accidentally removed myself from the admin group when editing the user. Now I can no longer use sudo. The error says: ber is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported. I booted up ...
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Disabling shutdown command for all users, even root - consequences?

I would like to disable the shutdown command for all users, even root, on an Ubuntu Server installation. The reason I want to do this is to ensure that I don't get into the habit of shutting down the ...
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How do I run eclipse as sudo

I've read that it's bad to run gui applications from a terminal using sudo. In order to administer some eclipse updates, I need elevated privileges (view screenshot). How do I do this correctly?
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How to give shutdown privileges to a user?

I am using Ubuntu 11.04. I want to run a script which checks for a running process and shuts down the system when that process ends. To do this, the user requires shutdown access so that the script ...
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How to check if sudo password has been entered for this terminal session?

As said in the headline, I need to check if the sudo password has been entered for this terminal session in a shell (aka, if I have sudo rights now). If I have it, I would like to do one thing and if ...
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how come sudo give root privileges for a user not in /etc/sudoers?

I just wonder how sudo privileges are found with ubuntu, from a technical point of view. Users with sudo privileges are not present in /etc/sudoers, so this looks a little bit exotic. Was the source ...
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Why should I use gksudo for Gtk apps instead of sudo? [duplicate]

I read somewhere that people should use gksudo for applications that use the Gtk GUI instead of sudo? What's the reasoning for this?
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Root's .bashrc not executing on sudo -i

On one of my Ubuntu 11.10 servers, when I use sudo -i to become the root user, root's .bashrc is not being executed. On all other servers, whose relevant configurations are identical as far as I know, ...
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For what duration is sudo_root in “don't-prompt-for-password” mode?

The first time a user enters sudo foo, sudo_root prompts for the password. For a certain duration after that, sudo_root doesn't prompt for a password for any subsequent sudo foo's in that terminal ...
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What is the equivalent of gksudo in Kubuntu/KDE?

In regular Ubuntu (Unity/Gnome), I use gksudo to run GUI programs with root privileges. I'm trying out Kubuntu (or KDE) now -- what do I use?
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sudo doesn't ask for a password, even after multiples reboots

I haven't edited my sudoers, but I don't have to enter the password when running sudo in the command line. I can run any sudo command without entering the password, by just opening the terminal, even ...