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Re: Wheezy: adding myself to the sudo group using usermod

On 4/4/19, rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx <rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> (On Wheezy) I've been trying to add myself to the sudo group with the
> usermod
> command.
> As root, I've tried most of the permutations of this:
> usermod -a -G sudo <username>
> None of them have worked -- any suggestions?
> (I have checked using groups (as username), and even have opened fresh
> terminals.  Hmm, maybe I have to reboot?  I hope not, I don't want to do
> that
> in the near future.)

Hi.. It took about 5 times of reading what you wrote before I
remembered that I don't have to "reboot", but I do have to *logout*
for changes like that to take hold. The DIFFERENCE is that I use
"adduser" to make those kinds of changes:

And, yes, I know... logging out might as well be rebooting depending
on what kind of work we have opened across our desktops. :)

K/t having learned of adduser while debootstrap'ing, I use:

adduser <username> sudo

If you go looking for adduser and don't find it for Wheezy, see if
useradd is there for you. Possibly maybe even installed already?

*My understanding* is that adduser and useradd do similar things.
Chatter on the Net over time *seems* to be saying that adduser maybe
[embellishes] a little...

Or something like that.

PS I'm not finding either usermod OR useradd via a quick "apt-cache
search" of Debian _Buster_ "main" repository. Seems like I remember
seeing chatter about that, too, along the way.

Cindy :)
Cindy-Sue Causey
Talking Rock, Pickens County, Georgia, USA

* runs with birdseed *