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I have an ubuntu server. On this server runs an apache2 with php and MySQL. I am the admin of this server but I have a person, who is the admin of the apache2-server. I know, that you can't create a second root account, but this second admin needs rights to create new vhosts or activate apache mods. How could I do this, that this second admin can work on apache without root rights?

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In the sudoers file, You can allow them to sudo run certain commands as certain users.

ie. taken from the linked help

dgb boulder = (operator) /bin/ls, (root) /bin/kill, /usr/bin/lprm

Then user dgb is now allowed to run /bin/ls as operator, but /bin/kill and /usr/bin/lprm as root.

You will need to find the applications that he will need to be able to run. ie. /etc/init.d/apache2

dgb boulder = (root) /etc/init.d/apache2 plus other commands that they might need to run

Suders Help

Also you will probably need to add them to a group that has write access to the sites-enabled site-avaliable folders so that they can edit the config files.

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Add your second admin to the "admin" group:

sudo usermod -a -G admin userName

Also make sure that the /etc/sudoers file has the following line:

%admin  ALL=(ALL)   ALL

This allows people in group "admin" to run any and all commands by prepending them with "sudo" as this:

sudo edit /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
sudo service apache restart
  • Note that admin group is deprecated in favour of group sudo for this purpose..it is only kept for backward compatibility.. – heemayl May 14 '15 at 22:27
  • Which password will have this user type in when he want to run this comands? His normal password or my sudo password? – ssd_rider May 16 '15 at 9:48

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