GNOME: Change user to admin? [Solved]

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cronotk
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GNOME: Change user to admin? [Solved]

Post by cronotk » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:56

Hi!

I was playing around with GNOME's settings when I opened the user config menu. I totally forgot that settings are applied instantly so I accidentally set my main user to a "normal user". Now I can't turn it back because "unlocking" the dialog opens up some password request for "added by portage for sabayon-mce". The root password won't work.
I can't even start a terminal and type "su" because I apparently don't have permission to do that.

So how do I become administrator again?
Last edited by cronotk on Fri Jul 12, 2013 15:36, edited 1 time in total.

cronotk
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Re: GNOME: Change user to admin?

Post by cronotk » Fri Jul 12, 2013 15:36

Figured it out (somewhat).

Solution: log in to any tty as root, and run

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usermod -a -G wheel <loginname>
. After that I can set my account back to being an admin in GNOME.

btw, is it "safe" to keep my user in the wheel group? Was he in that group before I removed the admin privs in GNOME?

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Re: GNOME: Change user to admin?

Post by sihox » Fri Jul 12, 2013 19:24

cronotk wrote: btw, is it "safe" to keep my user in the wheel group? Was he in that group before I removed the admin privs in GNOME?
From gentoo faq:
For security reasons, users may only su to root if they belong to the wheel group.
So I think it's safe - and needed if you want to become root by su ;)

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