Debian seems to not have sudo installed by default. Here is how to install sudo and add your username to the sudoers file. ============================================= Color Key ============================================= Things highlighted in yellow are commands to be executed in the terminal Things highlighted in blue are to be clicked Things highlighted in green are to be typed Things highlighted in violet are to be pressed on the keyboard Things highlighted in grey are showing output
Open the Terminal - Click "Activities" - Click in the "Type to search..." box - Type in "Terminal" and press the [enter] key
Switch to root user - Type in the Terminal the following command su - then press [enter] - now type in the root password and press [enter] - The command prompt should now look like this... root@debian:/home/yourusernamehere#
Install "sudo" - Now that you are root user within the Terminal lets install "sudo" - Type in the following command... apt-get install sudo - then press [enter]
Add your username to the sudo group - Type in the following command... adduser yourusernamehere sudo - then press [enter]
Now add your name to /etc/sudoers file - Type in the following command... nano /etc/sudoers - then press [enter] - Scroll down and look for the line "%sudo ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL" - Below that line type in the following... yourusernamehere ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL - Press "Ctrl+x" then press "y" and then press [enter] to exit and save the file
Now we exit out of the Terminal completely - Type in the following command... exit - then press [enter] - Type exit again... exit - then press [enter] - That should have closed the Terminal application
Now let's open a new Terminal and test to see if sudo is working for your user name - Click "Activities" - Click in the "Type to search..." box - Type in "Terminal" and press the [enter] key - Test sudo by typing the following command... sudo ls - then press [enter] - type in your password and press [enter]
- If the output looks like the following... yourusernamehere is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported. - then you might have to start from the beginning of these instructions and try again.
- If the output looks like this... Desktop Documents Downloads Music Pictures Public Templates Videos - Your username now has sudo rights, congratulations!
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