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rudra
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Since: Dec 19, 2010
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:56 pm    Post subject: super user issue
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Hello friends,
which is the best option in *my* laptop to access root's power and
why?
1)use su directly ?

2) include myself in a group and allow the group to run all command as
## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands
# %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

3) allow myself to run all command as
## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
<my login> ALL=(ALL) ALL
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B Sellers
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Since: Jul 05, 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:47 pm    Post subject: Re: super user issue [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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On 12/19/2010 09:56 AM, rudra wrote:
> Hello friends,
> which is the best option in *my* laptop to access root's power and
> why?
> 1)use su directly ?

This is the simplest option.
It can save you a lot of trouble that you
might encounter under common working conditions.
>
> 2) include myself in a group and allow the group to run all command as
> ## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands
> # %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

Do you have other users to make a group?

Are they all as knowledgeable as yourself?

>
> 3) allow myself to run all command as
> ## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
> <my login> ALL=(ALL) ALL


Well as long as no one else can
access your machine this might work but
to me it seems unnecessarily trusting of
the conditions under which you may be
working.

later
bliss
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Sidney Lambe
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Since: Oct 29, 2010
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:10 pm    Post subject: Re: super user issue [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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On comp.os.linux.setup, rudra wrote:
> Hello friends,
> which is the best option in *my* laptop to access root's power and
> why?
> 1)use su directly ?
>
> 2) include myself in a group and allow the group to run all command as
> ## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands
> # %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL
>
> 3) allow myself to run all command as
> ## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
><my login> ALL=(ALL) ALL

I login as root and run as root except for internet apps that
can run as an ordinary user.

So I have 3 ordinary users configured, one for news, one for mail,
and one for web.

# su - <username>

The "-" means "make it a login shell".

When my window manager comes up, there are 5 core windows
created, 2 root, then news, web, and mail. And then a bunch of
windows with applications other than bash running in them.

Sid
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Aragorn
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Since: Feb 22, 2009
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:10 am    Post subject: Re: super user issue [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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On Sunday 19 December 2010 18:56 in comp.os.linux.setup, somebody
identifying as rudra wrote...

> Hello friends,
> which is the best option in *my* laptop to access root's power and
> why?
> 1)use su directly ?

That's what it was designed for. Wink

> 2) include myself in a group and allow the group to run all command as
> ## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands
> # %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

In most distributions, one has to be a member of the "wheel" group in
order to be able to use "su". The idea is to restrict the number of
users in the "wheel" group.

Similarly, you may also want to consider adding yourself
to "/etc/sudoers" - read the manual first - which will allow you to
execute a single root-privileged command from within your own shell
using "sudo". It's a bit like "su", except that "sudo" will execute
one command only - and it will normally ask you for the password of
your user account, not the root password - and then you will drop back
to regular user privileges.

For instance...

sudo ls -lh /root

.... would then work, whereas as a normal user, you would not have access
to that directory.

The default "sudo" configuration is to ask for your own password, but
this can be changed, and if you invoke "sudo" several times in a row,
then if the second invocation happens within a certain timespan after
the first, you will not be prompted for your password again.

> 3) allow myself to run all command as
> ## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
> <my login> ALL=(ALL) ALL

Definitely not. That's a Windows'ism.

--
*Aragorn*
(registered GNU/Linux user #223157)
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Nico Kadel-Garcia
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Since: Jul 05, 2009
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:45 am    Post subject: Re: super user issue [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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On Dec 19, 12:56 pm, rudra wrote:
> Hello friends,
> which is the best option in *my* laptop to access root's power and
> why?
> 1)use su directly ?
>
> 2) include myself in a group and allow the group to run all command as
> ## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands
> # %wheel        ALL=(ALL)       ALL
>
> 3) allow myself to run all command as
> ## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
> <my login>    ALL=(ALL)       ALL
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Bill Marcum
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Since: Apr 28, 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:26 pm    Post subject: Re: super user issue [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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On 2010-12-19, Aragorn wrote:
>
>> 3) allow myself to run all command as
>> ## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
>> <my login> ALL=(ALL) ALL
>
> Definitely not. That's a Windows'ism.
>
This is the default configuration for the first user on Ubuntu and some
other distros. You're still required to use your password to run commands
as superuser. I have a few commands configured as NOPASSWD, but I'm
the only user on my system anyway.


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A bureaucracy's success is determined by its rebels.
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The Natural Philosopher
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Since: Jul 06, 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: super user issue [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Bill Marcum wrote:
> On 2010-12-19, Aragorn wrote:
>>> 3) allow myself to run all command as
>>> ## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
>>> <my login> ALL=(ALL) ALL
>> Definitely not. That's a Windows'ism.
>>
> This is the default configuration for the first user on Ubuntu and some
> other distros. You're still required to use your password to run commands
> as superuser. I have a few commands configured as NOPASSWD, but I'm
> the only user on my system anyway.
>
>

Thats rouhly how OS-X works as well. I configured it for a passordless
root access to my wife can install stuff without using a password.

Here? I have got a password. Its a keyclick to a root console and that
password is in a keyring somewhere., for the same reason. I am the
superuser.

I like to be aware that I am doing rootish things though, so its a
separate environment..
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