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Ubuntu Lost Sudoer

Posted on 2010-11-23
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Hi

I am running Ubuntu 10.10. I have only one user which was able to Sudo few hours back. I made a new group abc and mistakenly ran the this statement

usermod -G abc myuser

I then logged out. Now I am not able to sudo.

When I sudo Linux says "myuser is not in the sudoers file.  This incident will be reported"

Is there any solution?
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Question by:systemsautomation
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by:Ernie Beek
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Can you still log on as root (from the terminal)?

Then try this:

echo 'myuser ALL=(ALL) ALL' >> /etc/sudoers

But be SHURE to put in >> (two >'s , whatever they are called) otherwise there might be some unexpected effects :-~
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by:Ernie Beek
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Offcourse I meant: SURE

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by:systemsautomation
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No. I cannot login as root. It says "Login Incorrect"
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by:woolmilkporc
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Hi,

this should help you: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword

Basically, you will have to enter recovery (or "rescue") mode (that's described in the link) to go to the root shell prompt. The rest of the article above deals with resetting your own password, which is not of relevance here.

Once you're in the root shell you can revert the effects of your usermod command or you can customize sudoers using "visudo" to either add the "abc" group with same settings as the "admin" group, or to add "myuser" with the settings of the "admin" group.

wmp
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very easy:

boot from ubuntu live cd

open a terminal and enter

sudo su
mkdir /rootdisk
mount /dev/<device> /rootdisk

if you do not know which device contains your rootfolder you can enter "fdisk -l" to see which devices are available and try the right one.

use a editor to edit /rootdisk/etc/group and find the line "admin:122:<user>" (122 is maybe different - important is admin:xxxx)

just write the login names of all users that should have sudo rights like
admin:122:user1,user2

then reboot your computer and you should be able get sudo rights again.
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Thanks
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