[ILUG] root account
bradyn at maths.tcd.ie
Thu Oct 11 20:54:51 IST 2001
On Fri, 12 Oct 2001 05:34:41 +1000, Simon Dickson said:
>I didn't think of sudo.
>But for the sake of knowing, what would be the best way to go about making
>another root account. only called admin or something not root.
Use vipw, copy the root line, and change the name... then add it
to the wheel group.
I don't really see why you'd want to do that, since it's a duplicate
of an existing account, and the only difference would be a different
username and password... it'd have the same rights as root...
[and you could be opening up a whole other can of worms if you add
in people to groups and what not]
Maybe what you're trying to do is have an account to only edit
config files? In that case you'd want to
1) Make a new group called (say) admingrp
2) chgrp all the relevant files to admingrp, and make them
all group writable
3) Make a new user called admin, who's a member of admingrp
It's pointless though, since a lot of daemons and stuff will have
to be HUP'ed or restarted to read in config changes, which you can
only do as root in a lot of cases.
If you're worried about clobbering setup files as root, why not
use RCS or CVS to keep old revisions of stuff?
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