How to use linux sudo command with visudo

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1

Situation

How to give sudo permissions to regular users.

Resolution

Use visudo command as root user in order to be able to change /etc/sudoers file and give sudo permissions to regular users.

Examples:

# Giving permissions to all users to mount and umount a cdrom device
%users  ALL=/sbin/mount /cdrom,/sbin/umount /cdrom

# Giving permissions to all users to turn off a server using shutdown command
%users  localhost=/sbin/shutdown -h now

# Giving permissions to a specific user to turn off a server using shutdown command
username ALL=NOPASSWD:/sbin/shutdown -h now

Additional Information

Check sudo man page for more details and /etc/sudoers for other examples.

Disclaimer

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  • Document ID:7001451
  • Creation Date: 29-Sep-2008
  • Modified Date:24-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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