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Old 09-01-2007, 10:06 PM   #1
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adduser adding an administrator

How do I add an administrative user via terminal after hiting "ctrl+alt+1"?

At the moment, I'm using Ubuntu Feisty's Live-CD; it's giving me login problems.

I figure I need to know what group the user "ubuntu" is in. That's the one that gives me administrative control.

I can't figure this out. I can't really find too much information on the web to make an admin account. All I end up doing is making user accounts; I need admin control.
Old 09-02-2007, 02:45 AM   #2
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You use root for "admin" purposes. With Ubuntu, just prefix all commands with "sudo" when you need to do something as root (e.g. "sudo ifconfig eth0 up"), then enter your user password when prompted. If you want to be able to use the root account as you would in another distro, then set a password for it with "sudo passwd -l root". You'll then be able to use su to get root powers.
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That's not the answer I was looking for. I tried using adduser, and it gave me a basic account that couldn't sudo.
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just use the account it gives you and use sudo
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Warning: I don't use the *buntu's in large measure for this reason, so my advice may not work & I have no way to test it.

I think:
 sudo usermod -G admin <user_name>
will fix your problem.

groups ubuntu
should answer your Q about what groups the user "ubuntu" belongs to.

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