root privilege

  • Setting up sudo, part 2

    Posted July 28, 2009 - 7:14 pm

    In my July 22nd posting, I promised to provide some more examples of sudoer file entries. Some of these files contain only a few settings -- maybe allowing one or two people to run only a single command or any command with the authority of root -- or they may define groups of users, groups of systems and groups of commands and use these groupings to define how blocks of privileges are assigned.
  • Setting up sudo

    Posted July 22, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    System administrators are generally very protective of superuser access, as they should be. Root access in the hands of anyone who doesn't fully understand what they're doing is a dangerous thing. Root access in the hands of someone well versed with Unix is bad enough -- we all make mistakes. At the same time, your users can become overly dependent on you if they can't issue any commands as root. Some developers, for example, really need to be able to reboot the systems on which they do development and it isn't necessarily a good thing if they have to wait for you to come back from lunch.
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