Installing Packages as Another User with Sudo
Hello Tom, thanks for replying.
Aptitude has a cli interface as well as an ncurses based one for
interactive package management.
So after running aptitude, under the action menu there is the option to
No it is a user. Also after learning more I realize the root is not needed
No that had to be fixed, thanks. Although trying to "nest" privileges
actually does't work.
The idea was that one user is delegated to installing packages on my
system, as well as some other ideas that I can't quite explain...
Anyways, I realize that it's probably best to follow your example.
On 15 July 2018 at 02:34, Tom H <tomh0665 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 1:17 AM Ricardo Grant <rgrant at laurentian.ca>
> > I have been trying and failing to set up the sudoers file so that I
> > can run apt/dpkg/etc as another user without sudo (root) access. Here
> > is a snippet:
> > # Restrict the user "packager" to only installing packages on this
> > # machine
> > packager home = NOPASSWD: (root) /usr/bin/apt, (root)
> > /usr/bin/aptitude, (root) /usr/bin/dpkg
> > # Allow users to install packages via "packager"
> > granttrec home = (packager) /usr/bin/apt, (packager) /usr/bin/aptitude
> > The user packager was created as a system user and belongs to nogroup,
> > I tried adding thi user to the sudo group but no effect, the command I
> > am trying to run is:
> > sudo -u packager sudo aptitude install ...
> > Also If I enter aptitude, I can become root without a sudo promt.
> 1) What does "enter aptitude" mean?
> 2) I assume that "grantrec" is a group. If it is, you'll need "%grantrec".
> 3) Don't add "packager" to the "sudo" group or the "grantrec"
> members'll be able to run any command as "root".
> 4) Are you sure that you can put "NOPASSWD:" before the systemname?
> I'm not familiar with allowing multiple commands without an alias so
> maybe. But, AFAIR, comes just before a command.
> 5) Why do you need "packager"? You can give the "grantrec" members
> direct access:
> Cmnd_Alias INST = /usr/bin/apt, /usr/bin/aptitude, /usr/bin/apt-get,
> %grantrec home = (root) INST
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