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Old 02-04-2005, 07:36 AM   #1
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Changing user preference


hiya ppl
im using slackware 10.0 on kde i want to change my user preference to "root" i.e i shd be able to view everything i want n yes i have the superuser id n p/w its how do i do it? plz help
 
Old 02-04-2005, 07:41 AM   #2
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heh?.... I don't get it.. what are you doing?
 
Old 02-04-2005, 07:44 AM   #3
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i created a user now that user isnt having permission to view some parts of directories like lilo.conf file n many others i want to make the user i created equal to superuser..i know i can change the permission of file but i dont want to do that and change the user i created preference to that of superuser so that i couldnt be prompt for p/w hope u got it this time
 
Old 02-04-2005, 07:58 AM   #4
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ah... you can use sudo for that...
it isn't the greatest idea but I'm not gonna bitch because I do it as well..
I think adding the user to the adm group will have an effect but I've never done it.. I have a friend who does that though..

but you'll have to edit /etc/sudoers, you're supposed to do this with visudo but I've never had problems editing it with pico or vi
read man sudo for help.. also, taking a look at your /etc/sudoers might make it obvious what you have to do
 
Old 02-04-2005, 08:01 AM   #5
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There is a reason why only root can do administrative jobs, because root is the administrator...

It is well designed as this, want to edit a system file ? switch to root

Any other solution would lead to a security flaw, believe me. Anyway you don't need to edit system
config file often, so is it so tiring to input a password to access root privileges ?
 
Old 02-04-2005, 08:10 AM   #6
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and, Why whould you want that user to have the same rights as root when you have root ?
 
Old 02-04-2005, 08:16 AM   #7
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those.. though being good points.. are ones I choose to disregard.. simply for the sake of convenience.. I do this on my personal box and NOT my server.. also.. I wouldn't recommend asking questions like this in a public forum. you get much negative feedback.. and really .. it is deserved.. but.. it's still up to you..

there's always "su -"
it has never failed me..

Last edited by DaWallace; 02-04-2005 at 08:19 AM.
 
Old 02-04-2005, 08:56 AM   #8
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su - is secure, sudo can be secure too if you don't mess it like give access to dangerous
commands to all users (for example, passwd command)

I use sudo without password to poweroff or reboot my workstation for my part
(in this way, no need to setuid poweroff and reboot commands)
 
Old 02-04-2005, 10:14 AM   #9
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thnx ppl for ya help i got what i wanted and also i thgt of not posting this thred but where can i find my answer from??
Regards
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:19 AM   #10
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my second post did have some answers..
 
  


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