I want to give a Fedora user
sudo privileges. How do I do that?
Add the user to the
gpasswd wheel -a username
I use gpasswd because not all versions of
usermod have an easy way to add the user to a group without changing all the users' groups. However, on any recent Fedora,
usermod username -a -G wheel should have the same effect. You could also use the
system-config-users GUI, of course.
If you are using Fedora 14 or earlier, use
visudo to edit the
sudoers file, removing the
# from this line:
%wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL
This is the default in the sudoers file on Fedora 15 and newer, so adding the user to
wheel is all you need to do. Note that this won't take effect immediately; the easiest thing to do is log out and in again.
See also this question and answer over on Server Fault for information on granting sudo-like "auth as self" behavior to
wheel group members for graphical apps which use consolehelper or PackageKit.
I suppose that the first question is, do you have sudo installed on the server(s) in question? Assuming so, it is just a matter of deciding whether you want to treat the user as a unique entity or as part of a group, a group which may have only 1 member. The command
visudo as root will give you access to edit the sudoers file, often /etc/sudoers.
user ALL= /foo/bar
%group ALL= /foo/bar
These are merely two examples, the sudo package has a tremendous number of features and settings options at your disposal. I recommend reading the sudoers, sudo's configuration file, manual. I would also recommend starting simple and building up to the actual desired configuration.
Watched this video:
Which directed to this utility (fedy):
which can be installed with the following command (works for me in fedora 20):
su -c "curl http://satya164.github.io/fedy/fedy-installer -o fedy-installer && chmod +x fedy-installer && ./fedy-installer"
supply the requested password, once it is finished installing, run
su -c fedy
and the UI will run. you can then add your user to the sudoers list:
be sure to reboot after you make these changes.