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Old 07-15-2009, 12:49 AM   #1
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Question Alternate root user


I want to create another user with the same rights as that of root but when that alternate user tries to switch to root, it is prompted to input the root password.

I can create a user with rights equal to that of root but I dont know anything about how it would be prompted for a root password when it tries to switch to root.

Old 07-15-2009, 01:17 AM   #2
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Can I just ask why?

Why do you need a second root user?

If you need to run administrative tasks from another user account, look into using sudo.
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Well, I want to have several users with equivalent rights as that of root but they have to be identified by their own unique usernames so that any change made by them can be tracked.

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Really, use sudo. It was made for exactly this purpose.


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Or, for a pure Solaris solution, remove root as a user account and make it a role instead.

This is the trend and the default configuration with OpenSolaris.

You can also grant limited privileges instead of the whole root stuff to these accounts.


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