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Old 07-03-2003, 01:30 PM   #1
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Hello everybody.
Everybody will say now RTFM but I searched there for an answer and didn t find some.
I installed today freebsd, and i like it. however i do not know how to change from the normal user mode to the super user mode. With linux it was just su. here says
su: Sorry
What to do
Old 07-03-2003, 01:33 PM   #2
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In order to be able to 'su' a user must be a member of the group 'wheel'
Old 07-03-2003, 01:36 PM   #3
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thanks i think that is one of the things you get mad if you don t know it
Old 07-22-2003, 09:21 PM   #4
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I wish that FreeBSD's man pages were as clear as OpenBSD's:

From su(1):
If group 0 (normally ``wheel'') has users listed then only those users
can su to ``root''. It is not sufficient to change a user's /etc/passwd
entry to add them to the ``wheel'' group; they must explicitly be listed
in /etc/group. If no one is in the ``wheel'' group, it is ignored, and
anyone who knows the root password is permitted to su to ``root''.
Old 07-22-2003, 09:25 PM   #5
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Old 07-22-2003, 10:48 PM   #6
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Originally posted by cyberskye
In order to be able to 'su' a user must be a member of the group 'wheel'

A little tip though...There is no usermod in freebsd. You must use the pw command to change an existing user's group.


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