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Old 02-08-2005, 09:47 PM   #1
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su - operation not permitted

When I su from root into a non-root user, I get the message "/dev/vc/1: Operation not permitted". It does change users anyway, but I was wondering what this means and if I need to fix it.

Old 03-19-2005, 07:53 PM   #2
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try to install and use the "sudo" program

Old 06-09-2005, 09:27 PM   #3
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In order to use the su - command, the user you're running itf rom has to be a member of the wheel group. As an example, I have a normal user named jim. If I want to become root from jim, I have to make sure that jim is a member of the wheel group. You can check on this by opening up /etc/group and looking for a line that looks like this:

Where root, jim, and test are members of that group. Just add the user name to that line like above, and you'll be able to use su -


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