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Old 05-21-2015, 04:07 AM   #1
paulgadsdon
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Cant create user!


Hi

I am logged in as root and i am have issues creating a new user

su - /usr/sbin/useradd paulg

Comes back with the error:

su: user /usr/sbin/useradd does not exist


Any ideas please as I need to create myself a user with root privileges

Cheers
 
Old 05-21-2015, 04:10 AM   #2
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see man su
su [options] [username]
it assumes /usr/sbin/useradd is the name of a user, which is obviously not true.
You need to use sudo instead of su (see man page about its usage too)

Do not create another user with root privileges at all, just use sudo instead.
 
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:14 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply

I need to as the user with root has logged me in and cant keep entering the password so I cant really use "Sudo" each time

I need a new user with root for the day

cheers
 
Old 05-21-2015, 04:22 AM   #4
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you can use sudo each time (why not?), you can even configure it to allow login without password. creating a new user with root rights is still a bad idea.

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Old 05-21-2015, 04:27 AM   #5
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Oh because I dont have the password and I keep having to ask someone for it. They are not allowed to divulge it

And this person knows nothing about linux, so cant add the user himself

Cheers

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Old 05-21-2015, 04:52 AM   #6
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So do 'su -', get him to enter the password once, profit!
 
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:54 AM   #7
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Run:

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su -c '/usr/sbin/useradd paulg' root
 
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