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Originally posted by quatsch don't even think about it. That would defeat whole purpose of having root and normal users with lesser privileges. most user specific settings can be changed without root priv.
No, there is a way, its called sudo.
With sudo you can assign certain privileges only root has to a user or even groups, etc without giving out the root password.
Originally posted by quatsch yeah, but would you want to allow a normal user access to the config files in /etc, say? seems especially bad for a newbie.
that's the power of sudo, you set what you want them to have access to. for example, most users don't have the power to shutdown the machine. with sudo, i can give that access to just one user or multiple users if I want, without giving out root's password.
man sudo for more details. but this i believe is what robmainella was asking if possible. just because i give a user access to create a user or add a device doesn't mean they have access directly to the config files in /etc.