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Something I did with a sudo dpkg ... installation in an attempt to fix problems with my audio clobbered my ability of my sole user-name to run sudo in 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). This is a single OS system. I have seen advice to enter recovery mode, but my Gigabyte BIOS interface does not show such an option. It shows no recovery option among the 5 choices (three of which are Ubuntu images.) I'm writing this from a system booted from a 16.04 image on a USB stick. I first followed the advice to remount the "disk" to be writeable with:

$ mount -o remount,rw / 

I think I'm able to see and edit (using visudo) the /etc/sudoers file on the SSD where my "real" system lives. I added the line:

david   ALL=(ALL) ALL

... immediate after the %sudo ... line, and it was accepted by the syntax checker. So I removed the .tmp extension from the file name offered by visudo when I ctrl-O-ed out of the edit session and exited. Is this supposed to "work".

Update: It did seem to work in the sense that I can now issue sudo-requiring commands in a Terminal session, but it seems like a security hole, so I'm still wondering if I need to worry. Also wondering why I cannot get a Grub panel to display from a BIOS panel like I have read in multiple webpages and AU postings.

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Yes it should work. Just be sure you have mounted the root partition of your system and chroot to it before running visudo.

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  • Yes. You reminded me that I forgot to mention that I did that with: mount -o remount,rw / I will add that to my question body as well. Any idea why grub cannot be found? – 42- Dec 28 '18 at 17:11

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