passwordless sudo

Aaron Konstam akonstam at
Wed Nov 30 22:16:25 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-11-30 at 10:49 -0600, Mike Chambers wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-11-30 at 13:38 +0300, Hiisi wrote:
> > Hi, list!
> > I'm trying to set up passwordless sudo for myself. It's a shiny brand
> > new fresh-installed F16. During first boot I had been asked to create
> > a new user and put him to administrative group. I answered yes and
> > hence my user is able to run commands using sudo. However in
> > /etc/sudoers there's not a mention of my user. I've added the
> > following string to it:
> > hiisi   ALL=(ALL)       NOPASSWD: ALL
> On initial installs when this is setup, your userID is not added to the
> sudoers file itself.  The *wheel* group is what is allowed/setup in
> sudoers, and your userid is added to the *wheel* group in the /etc/group
> file, such as below..
> wheel:x:10:your-username-here
> If you wanted to do passwordless, then comment out the line below..
> ## Allows people in group wheel to run all commands
> %wheel        ALL=(ALL)       ALL
> And uncomment the line below here..
> ## Same thing without a password
> # %wheel  ALL=(ALL)       NOPASSWD: ALL
> In other words, it doesn't add the username/ID itself to the sudoers
> file, it goes through the *wheel* group and you add/drop users from
> there on need to use basis.
Thhat is not copletely true. Using visudo and adding the line:

hilsi ALL=(root)  NOPASSWD ALL

should work.

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