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Date:      Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:28:35 -0500
From:      Bill Moran <>
To:        Akenner <>
Subject:   Re: Edit user groups
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In response to Akenner <>:

> Hi,
> I'm using FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE and I have multiple user accounts set up. 
> I made about 4 for myself to use and do various testing with, and made 
> some for my Wife as well because She knows UNIX better than I do anyway heh.
> Anyway, one of the things I forgot about, was that FreeBSD by default 
> doesn't allow just anyone to use su.
> I come from mainly using Linux, where you can log in and then whenever 
> you need to open a root xterm or even a root shell, you just type the 
> password and go. I looked up how to do this but most of my results came 
> back with setting up user accounts, and other things. I did add another 
> user that was in the wheel group so I could do it, but I'd really like 
> to be able to add my main user account to the wheel group so I can su 
> from this one instead of doing su otheruser and then su again to root.
> I found while searching for this something that MIGHT be what I'm 
> looking for, but after reading it over, it seems I'd have to read 
> through the whole man page first and then, it could be bad if I mistype 
> something, or I could even screw up an account, which I can't risk.
> Is there an exact way to take a user account on my system, and add it to 
> the wheel group?

man pw

pw usermod -n username -G wheel
pw groupmod -n wheel -m username

Bill Moran

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