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I seem to run into permissions problems a lot, since I try to do everything from a normal user account. I know that I can modify permissions on devices etc. individually, but I was wondering what others do to overcome things like mplayer not having access to /dev/cdrom, gnome sound device access, mounting network shares, etc... from a normal user account. Some things such as mplayer will not run from an su terminal window. I could just always login as root, but I would rather not, unless i fix X to allow screensavers to run etc...
What does everyone else do about this ? Just add my user account to the root, and adm groups? chown everything that gets in the way ? Is there a correct way to have a "superuser" ?
Listen to Tinkster, his method is "the proper way" (TM). My simple hack was for what's essentially a single-user system I'm the only person using it... it's faster, but not recommended for a multi-user environment.
Originally posted by Tinkster P.S.: Hey Azmeen, thanks for the affero! :}
Just UpGraded to Slack 10.1, VERY nice . . . Thank-You PV!
This time I decided to use a separate account, I'm told it's safer.
But, every time I try to do something as a user I don't have permission.
So, I logout/login as root, make the permission changes, then
logout/login as user and go on to do something else and find that
I don't have premission to do that either, so I do the above allover again.
Then on top of that, some changes I make with Kuser don't stick.
I know the drives I want access to are mounted rw.
As root, I have total power.
How can I allow a user to have access to everything root does
without allowing the user ability to damage the system?
What does everyone else do about this?
Should I stick to being root?
I'm the only one in the house really using Linux.
how did you make the account?
Use useradd instead of adduser.
I did not have many permission problems. I just added my user to some groups, altered fstab a little bit, and changed the permissions in 2-3 device files, and everything worked fine.
Last edited by perfect_circle; 03-11-2005 at 01:41 PM.