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helmerj
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2002 9:13 pm    Post subject: "su" doesn't work Reply with quote

Hi!

in order to work as root all the time I prefer to login as a normal user. when I want to install soemthing I have to be root though. I'm running a "normal 1.2 system on a ThinkPad S30 and I can't login as root using the "su" command.
Do I have to turn on the permission to do so? And ifso where would I do that?

Thanks Juergen
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Sesquipedalian
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2002 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the user you log in with must be a member of the "wheel" group.

usermod -G wheel <username>

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ebichu
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2002 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sesquipedalian wrote:
usermod -G wheel <username>

Be sure to check what other groups <username> is a member of beforehand:
Code:
$ id <username>

and append those to the comma-separated list following usermod's -G option, otherwise you'll remove <username> from all groups except 'wheel' and its initial group (usually 'users').

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I wish usermod had options for appending groups to and removing groups from the group membership list without affecting unspecified group memberships.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2002 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Answered in the FAQ and in this thread.
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