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Re: Adding/modifying users under MATE DE

On Tue 05 Feb 2019 at 08:21:16 (-0500), Greg Wooledge wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 04, 2019 at 08:21:40PM -0700, Thomas D Dial wrote:
> > When in doubt about questions like this it often is helpful to consult
> > man pages, which often are available on the Web if you don't want to
> > install the necessary packages that includes them. In this case, if sudo
> > is installed, the man page for sudo also will be there, probably along
> > with those for sudoers and visudo, although I could be wrong about the
> > last.
> The sudoers(5) man page is ridiculously complex, as is the format of
> the /etc/sudoers file.  For 99% of Debian users, it's also completely
> unnecessary to know it.  Just make sure your primary user account is in
> the sudo group, and you will be able to run ANY command with sudo, being
> prompted for your password if you haven't used sudo on that terminal
> in the last few minutes.

Sure, but what's the difference between that and opening an xterm with
(the overspecified)   /bin/su -   where you don't have to keep typing
a password every few minutes.

> You only need to learn this incredibly byzantine file syntax if you want
> to do something fancier than that.

Or you just copy an example, making your own substitutions. (That's
how I learned English on my mother's knee.)