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Old 07-12-2004, 01:57 PM   #1
dee3lmo
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Admin user


Hi,

I want to create a new user for maintenance purposes that I can use instead of the root user. This user can inspect log files execute scripts, etc...
How can I create this user and what rights should I give the user...?

Also, a long time ago I read some post telling that some services must be started as non root user, but how is it possible to start some services as not root at system boot? And which services should I start as non root user?

I ask for this because I can't find the post...


thanx,
dee3lmo
 
Old 07-12-2004, 04:07 PM   #2
Ztyx
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Re: Admin user

Quote:
Originally posted by dee3lmo

...How can I create this user and what rights should I give the user...?
If you would like to give a plain user some admin rights I would suggest you look at the sudo command. For the user you are talking about I would suggest you give that user exactly as much rights as it needs and no more. You shall, as much you can, avoid to have multiple administrator, and since I'm quite sure your user will not do ALL administration just change the appropriate files so that they can be read by your new (fake-)admin user.

For example you could create a group called "log", and add just read rights for that group recursive in /var/log.

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Also, a long time ago I read some post telling that some services must be started as non root user, but how is it possible to start some services as not root at system boot? And which services should I start as non root user?
I would suggest you have a look in /etc/init.d, this is the directory where scripts which are run at boot are, look at them - they are normally plain bash-scripts. Also check man init.

Also you can use the sudo command to run a command as a different user. If you are root you can do a
Code:
# sudo -u plain_user echo "This echo-command is run as the plain_user and not as root"
I hope this helps.

/Jens

Last edited by Ztyx; 07-12-2004 at 04:09 PM.
 
  


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