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Date:      Tue, 06 Sep 2011 20:25:32 -0400
From:      Fbsd8 <fbsd8@a1poweruser.com>
To:        Hasse Hansson <fbsd@thorshammare.org>
Cc:        Freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: SV: wheel group & mkdir
Message-ID:  <4E66B9FC.7000905@a1poweruser.com>
In-Reply-To: <000001cc6cf2$29dda9e0$7d98fda0$@org>
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Hasse Hansson wrote:
> -----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
> Fra: owner-freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions@freebsd.org] På vegne af Fbsd8
> Sendt: den 7 september 2011 01:14
> Til: Matthew Seaman
> Cc: Freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
> Emne: Re: wheel group & mkdir
> 
> Matthew Seaman wrote:
>> On 06/09/2011 16:49, Fbsd8 wrote:
>>> I have a user that belongs to the wheel group but when the user tries to
>>> issue mkdir command it gets a permission denied error.
>>>
>>> How do I fix this?
>> Make the directory that contains where your user is trying to create a
>> new subdirectory writable by group wheel.  Either that, or teach your
>> user to use su(1) or sudo(1) so they can mkdir as root.  (Adding users
>> to group wheel so they are permitted to run su(1) is a BSD-ism, and is
>> the usual reason for adding anyone to wheel.)
>>
>> 	Cheers,
>>
>> 	Matthew
>>
> 
> Matthew
> 	Thanks for your reply. I have a user id that is in the wheel group.
> I 
> su and get prompted for the user id's password after which I get 
> returned to the command line. Running the script with the mkdir command 
> embedded still returns Permission Denied message. I have read the su man 
> page to no joy. Could you please explain the sequence of events to get 
> su to work.
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Hello.
> 
> If I've got the correct impression of it, to be in the wheel group, able you
> to su to root, meaning get root privilieges.
> BUT you have to know and use the root password.
> If you have installed the "sudo" port, which is very easy to config, just by
> removing some "hash #" marks some common privilieges of the wheel group, to
> obtain almost "root power" configurable by you. And also configuarable is,
> if you like the group to use their own passwords or none, just belonging to
> the wheel group, when issuing the sudo command.
> According to my humble understanding, just belonging to the wheel group
> without further configuration, don't get you much more. 
> 
> /Hasse
> 

Thank you Hasse

You gave me the solution. I was entering the password of the user and 
should have been entering the root password.



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