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How can I create a superuser in Ubuntu 11.10? I need to create it using the command line.

Either we could change a normal user to become a superuser, or we could create a superuser right away.

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marked as duplicate by Oliver Salzburg, Daniel Beck, slhck, Nifle, techie007 Mar 15 '12 at 0:48

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You can create a new user simply using the adduser(8) command.

To make it a user capable of performing sudo, add him to the sudo group using either of the following commands:

sudo usermod -a -G sudo <username>
sudo adduser <username> sudo

This works because the sudo group is predefined in /etc/sudoers. Note though that older versions of Ubuntu will use admin as group instead:

Until Ubuntu 11.10, the Unix group for administrators with root privileges through sudo had been admin. Starting with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, it is now sudo, for compatibility with Debian and sudo itself. However, for backwards compatibility, admin group members are still recognized as administrators

For any other customization, refer to the Sudoers documentation.

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adduser can also add users to groups: adduser <username> <groupname> –  Oliver Salzburg Mar 14 '12 at 17:50
    
Yeah, it's just a nice frontend, you're right :) –  slhck Mar 14 '12 at 17:53
    
Also, to my understanding, there is a slight distinction between the admin and sudo groups (both exist in 11.10), but I don't think I understand it myself. –  Oliver Salzburg Mar 14 '12 at 17:55
    
I thought it was uncommented by default in sudoers but I don't know exactly anymore. –  slhck Mar 14 '12 at 18:02
    
This doesn't work in 12.04.2. "usermod: group 'admin' does not exist" –  Cerin Jun 4 '13 at 4:38
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