How to Install and Configure Sudo on Mageia 3

Hello Mageia Users. In this article I will show you how to install and configure sudo, on Mageia 3 Linux.

As you know, sudo is used for getting root priviledges to a normal user when invoked to execute some commands, asking for his current password (not the root’s password).

http://www.mindskin.com/p/377/sudo_sandwich

To check if sudo is installed, use one of this two commands, as root:

$ su root
# rpm -qa | grep sudo

OR:

# urmpq sudo

Next, if you do not have sudo installed, install it with urmpi:

# urpmi sudo

Now that you have sudo installed, you have to give your user or group sudo priviledges.

To do this, you have to edit the /etc/sudoers file, as root. A good command for editing the /etc/sudoers file is visudo. visudo opens the /etc/sudoers file in your default text editor, but tells you if you mess something up in this file.

# visudo

To give root access to user mike, add this line in /etc/sudoers file (inside the file opened by visudo):

mike ALL=(ALL) ALL

To give root access to the users belonging to the group geeks, paste this in the same file (please notice the % sign in front of the group’s name):

%geeks ALL=(ALL) ALL

The user mike and the users from the group geeks can use sudo only after they log off and log back on.

This is it. Enjoy.

Related reading:

The article I have linked here are generical Linux articles, so the information is valid even on Mageia 3.

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One comment on “How to Install and Configure Sudo on Mageia 3
  1. liberforce says:

    Hi, there’s a litle mistake there. urpmq sudo is not the same as rpm -qa | grep sudo. rpm will search in the local rpm database to see if sudo is installed. urpmq will just check that a package named sudo is available in the configured repositories, but won’t tell you if it’s installed or not.

    You should also say “use one of *these* two commands” instead of “use one of *this* two commands”.

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