Giving regular users access to certain root-only commands
Is there any way I can give EVERYBODY access to certain root-only commands without giving out the su password?
Specifically, I'd like for people to be able to turn off the computer when their finished with the shutdown -h or the halt command, and I'd like for people to mount CDs, 3.5" floppy, and ZIP disks, which I only know how to do using the mount command. Also the reboot command would be nice to add to the list so people can switch OSes (I have a duel boot and linux is NOT the primary OS for some users). Finally, I'd like for at least one user to be able to use the ifconfig command, or have some other means of finding out what the current IP number of the computer is, since it's allocated via DHCP.
Unfortunetly, all of these tasks require me to be logged in as root (or use the su command), and nobody else can accomplish these tasks except for those with the su password. I am quite inexperienced with Linux/Unix administration and am still learning, so if somebody could please give a detailed explination of the procedure involved in making these commands available to everybody, I'd apreciate it.
Oh, BTW, I'm using Yellow Dog Linux 2.1 on a PowerMac 6500/300. It's basically a PPC version of Red Hat Linux, though I noticed a few differences in my limited experience with Red Hat. I'd use something later, but I can't seem to get later distrubutions to run on that hardware.
Last edited by slickrcbd; 12-23-2003 at 08:30 AM.