Somebody asked why adding a user to the
wheel group in Oracle Enterprise Linux didn’t enable them as a sudoer, as qualified in my earlier Fedora post. The reason is that you also need to modify the
/etc/sudoers file to specify users allowed that privilege (and the file differs from it’s Fedora cousin). If you have the
root user privileges, you can do the following:
- Change to the
rootuser account with
su, and provide the password when prompted. The syntax is:
su - root
- You can find the line you need to change with this command:
cat /etc/sudoers | grep %wheel
#comment. If you don’t want authorized sudoers to provide a password, modify the second line by removing the
#comment. Open the
geditif you’d like a GUI editor.
# %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL # %wheel ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
Hope this helps, I’m off to Oracle Open World 2011 tomorrow.
Quick update for Fedora 20, you
root and add your user to the
sudoers list with the following syntax:
usermod someusername -a -G wheel
By the way, don’t forget to log off and then back on to the account.