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Old 11-06-2011, 09:25 PM   #1
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sudo: no password prompt but 3 incorrect attempts?

I just installed sudo from source, added myself to sudoers, and restarted. if I try sudo'ing anything, the terminal outputs:
Sorry, try again.
Sorry, try again.
Sorry, try again.
sudo: 3 incorrect password attempts.
However, I'm never even given the chance to enter my password.
The line I added to sudoers is "daweefolk ALL=ALL".
What's wrong?
Old 11-06-2011, 10:04 PM   #2
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(1) The line needs to be
daweefolk     ALL=(ALL) ALL
If you didn't edit the file using the "visudo" command, shame on you; do that in the future. visudo would not have let you save the file with syntax errors

(2) If that doesn't fix it: not enough information. Inspect /var/log/auth*log or /var/log/secure or wherever your disto puts the auth log for errors.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:45 PM   #3
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fixed the file, using visudo.
here's a snippet from /var/log/auth.log:
Nov  6 20:16:37 localhost sudo:   daweefolk : 3 incorrect password attempts ; TTY=tty1 ; PWD=/home/daweefolk ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/sbin/iwconfig
There are 12 occurances of this, just differing times.
What I'm confused about is the fact that I'm not even getting a password prompt.
Any other suggestions?

Last edited by daweefolk; 11-06-2011 at 10:48 PM.


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