I guess this should be a simple thing for ubuntu users out there. I have two questions.

  1. Whenever I need to run some command that requires permission from root, I run as sudo followed by that command. It would be nice if that does not prompt for password (but I should still be issuing a sudo to make sure that I know what I am doing). How to do this?

  2. Every time I start my system, I go to terminal and start my VPN using sudo vpnc. This is almost everytime! How to automate this to a startup script?

Help much appreciated! Thanks

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    Part 2 of your question is similar to: How can I make Shutter open at startup?
    – Sid
    Jan 13, 2011 at 12:43
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    Please do not ask two different questions in one question. Make them separate questions so they can be objectively answered. Jan 13, 2011 at 15:16

3 Answers 3


First Question

  • If you dont want to enter password everytime,then you should edit sudoers file.

    sudo visudo

  • Then add the following line at the end of the file.

    %username ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL

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  • Now if you enter sudo followed by the command it wont prompt you to enter password.

Second Question

  • For your second question you can add that command sudo vpnc to startup applications.
  • To add that command in startup applications Goto System Preferences Startup Applications.

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    where did you get the lime green theme? It will go wonderfully with my desktop background :)
    – rumtscho
    Jan 13, 2011 at 13:04
  • @rumtscho It's tropical theme :) Installation instruction is [here ](webupd8.org/2009/05/9-great-gnome-themes-with-ubuntu.html).
    – karthick87
    Jan 13, 2011 at 15:43
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    Your computer's your own, but I would suggest being a little careful about blanket NOPASSWD. You could do it for specific commands, so that you can run vpnc without a password, but not rm -rf /.
    – Cascabel
    Jan 13, 2011 at 19:03

Tag the users or groups who you want to have passwordless access to sudo with "NOPASSWD" in your sudoers file (sudo visudo to edit it). See the man page for sudoers for more details.

You can then create a startup script by editing the appropriate file for the shell you're using -- .profile, or .bashrc, or .cshrc, and so on.


In 10.04 I see that in the Network Manager (v0.8) I have a flag on the VPN Configuration screen (System > Preference > Network Connections , click the VPN tab, select the connection and "Edit") "Connect Automatically" I believe that it fires up the selected connection at login.


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