I have a PC at work running Fedora 14. For some reason, the IT guys do not give out the password for the root user, but instead, if needed they create a specific suXXX user with root permissions.
The entry in /etc/passwd looks like this:
su9705:XXXXPASSWORDXXX:0:0:Root My Name:/root:/bin/bash
As you can see it shares the same UID and GID as root, so anytime I need to do something with special permissions I can just type
The problem is when I'm in the graphical environment, and some software (usually software installers, update managers) asks for the root password to perform certain operations. In that case I cannot use my su9705 password.
In the past I solved the problem by running su and changing the root password to something else, but I believe if IT finds this out they are going to kill me slowly.
I also added a line in /etc/sudoers to give my normal user user full permissions:
myNormalUser ALL=(ALL) ALL
However I'm still asked for authentication.
Are there any clean solutions to this? I would just like to be able to authenticate using my su9705 password instead of root in Gnome. Any ideas?