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Old 09-12-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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admin privileges

how do i add myself as a user with admin. privileges? i have already added myself as a user but cant do much as i am not the superuser... the previous owner of a pc i acquired w ubuntu left their user account active!! what can i do?
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:01 AM   #3
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root privileges in Linux is not same as window's admin privileges.

If you are operating whole system as a root on terminal, you have to be careful expert because it does not ask to verify your command.
Suppose If you remove any directory on terminal using rm -r command, it does not ask to verify, it just completes the process according to your instruction.

You can enable root privilegs on your linux system easily, google is your friend but be careful before being root.

I think you should use sudo with your commands on your user account if you want to use root privileges.

That would be good for you.
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One way is to edit the /etc/sudoers file and add your own username thusly:
# User privilege specification
root    ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
<your username>  ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
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You have to 'get root'
then add the group "sudo" to yourself

usermod -a -G sudo <yourusername>
while you are at it, add the group "adm", this will allow you to read logs without getting root.

ref /etc/sudoers
it is best to edit that with, as root
that 'editor' will check the file before committing it.
If you 'mess up' /etc/sudoers on a system that doesn’t have a standard root account you can lock yourself out of root.

Alternatively, use the GUI "Users and groups" ( found in settings ) and change the account type from standard to administrator
You will either need root password, or use the already privileged account.
Since Ubuntu doesn’t setup a root account by default, the latter is the way to go.

Last edited by Firerat; 09-13-2013 at 01:58 AM.


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