super user clone & x-server disabling John_L_Jones at
Fri Aug 23 15:52:01 CDT 2002

I may be way out in left field on this but...
On other Unix systems, you can add a user to the wheel group and then should
be able to function as root, but with a user name. 
Anyone correct me if I am wrong with this. I *believe* this is how it works
on Solaris...

-----Original Message-----
From: Tarun Bhatia [mailto:tarunb at]
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 2:35 PM
To: Michael_E_Brown at
Cc: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: super user clone & x-server disabling

thanks for prompt response. I understand the threat here but for
some experiment I need it. 'sudo' allows you to execute some
commands  as 'root' or some other user. What I am looking for
creation of a user, who is almost as good as root but login name
is not 'root'.

thanks again,

Michael_E_Brown at <mailto:Michael_E_Brown at>  wrote:

-----Original Message-----
From: Tarun Bhatia [ mailto:tarunb at
<mailto:tarunb at> ]


I have heard that you can create a user and grant it super user
privilages. I want to create such a user on my PE 1650 ( Redhat 7.2).
Does anyone know how I can do from linux CLI?


Are you sure you want to do this? It is probably not a very wise idea. I
would recommend that you read up on "sudo".

Also, I do not want X server to be ON , which is turned on after I
am done installing the RedHat 7.2 using dell software assistant CD.
I do not want graphical login to show up ( I think it's part of same X
server issue).

Edit your /etc/inittab, in the line that has "id:5:initdefault:" change the
"5" to "3".
Michael Brown 

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