I just made a clean install of Ubuntu 14.10, since I had a 14.04 that I had upgraded a few times. After the install, the OS asks root permissions for a lot of stuff I was able to do without issues before, such as

  • rebooting or shutting down the system
  • mounting the external hard drive
  • sending failure reports when something breaks

Fortunately I ma a sudoer and it is just a matter of entering the password a few times, but it is starting to be annoying. How can I find out what's wrong?

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    Nothing is wrong. That is completely normal. – John Scott Nov 9 '14 at 22:57
  • It is normal to have the password asked to shutdown? Without other users being logged in? It surely did not use to be the case in the previous versions – Andrea Nov 9 '14 at 23:00
  • @FuzzyToothpaste have you ever been asked the admin password when shutting down or rebooting? Mounting that is normal but only if the disk is not owned by user. Reports I can agree on; ok. Andrea: please provide permissions (ls -l of the mountpoint of the disk). – Rinzwind Nov 9 '14 at 23:00
  • Permissions are all 755, and the disk is mounted under /media/andrea (which is my username) – Andrea Nov 9 '14 at 23:01
  • If you want to allow your user to run special command without being prompt for password, try this: Specify password for sudo in script – Lety Nov 9 '14 at 23:02

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