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Old 04-01-2015, 10:40 AM   #1
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Question Fedora Mate terminal

I have installed Berryboot on a Raspberry Pi and at present am running Fedora 21 Mate. I opened the Mate terminal but cannot seem to do anything with it. I tried running 'sudo apt-get update' and keep getting the message ''myname' is not in the sudoers file This incident will be reported'. I have no idea what to do.
Any help would be appreciated.

Old 04-01-2015, 10:58 AM   #2
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When you installed did you also set up a root (or administrator password)? If so use su rather than sudo. Also, Fedora uses yum instead of apt.

<enter the root password>
yum update
Old 04-01-2015, 11:18 AM   #3
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The user "myname" (whatever your logonid really is) needs to be placed in the /etc/sudoers file in order to install packages. To edit the file, you have to su to root and type "visudo" (without the quotation marks). That will open your /etc/sudoers file. Scroll through the file, once opened for editing, until you see a section that looks like this:

## Allow root to run any commands anywhere
root ALL=(ALL) ALL
myname ALL=(ALL) ALL
## Allows members of the 'sys' group to run networking, software,
## service management apps and more.

## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands
# %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

## Same thing without a password
See the line that begins with "myname"? Put a line in that location that looks just like it, only substitute your logonid for "myname". Then do a SHIFT - colon (, and type "wq" (without the question marks) to write the changes and exit visudo.

Now you can do your "sudo apt-get update", if you have installed the Debian tools. For Fedora and other Red Hat derivatives, though, normally you would do a "sudo yum update". Either way, when you use sudo to execute a command with root privilege, you will be asked for your password (the password for your logonid; not for the root password). Enter the password. Your package manager should complete the update.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:20 AM   #4
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Thanks very much for your prompt replies. I will have a go at what you both suggest.

I have just edited the file but am not sure what you mean by Shift Colon followed by wq. When I did that all it did was put :wq inthe line. I have obviously missed something somewhere.
I just did a search and found that before putting :wq I should have pressed esc to exit edit mode.

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