Linux Debian user commands
By Mike Street
These commands have come in handy a lot over the last couple of days, as I have been setting up Xen with a few Virtual Machines.
[user] in the commands below with the name of your user (e.g.
mike). If you need a good password it is recommended you use a strong one.
Add a user
How to add a user on linux via command line:
How to reset a user's password on command line:
Delete a linux user via command line:
Give user sudo privileges
There are several ways you can add a user to the sudoers group - it is advised you stick to one method for each server.
You can see if there are users in the sudoers group with the following command:
grep -i --color sudo /etc/group
Add the user to the sudo "group"
If this is on a brand new server, you may need to
apt-get install sudo
adduser [name] sudo
Add the user to the sudoers file
Edit the following file (must be done as
root or someone with existing
And add the following to the file:
username ALL=(ALL) ALL
Alternatively, you can do it with one command:
echo ' username ALL=(ALL) ALL' >> /etc/sudoers
List all the users on the system
cut -d: -f1 /etc/passwd
This will list out all the users - including system ones
Don't require password for sudo
Open the sudoers file:
And add one of the following lines to the bottom of the file:
For a specific user:
[name] ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
For a group: (e.g. if the user is in the
%sudo ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
To confirm, the
visudo file (which is really
/etc/sudoers should look something like:
# This file MUST be edited with the 'visudo' command as root.
# Please consider adding local content in /etc/sudoers.d/ instead of
# directly modifying this file.
# See the man page for details on how to write a sudoers file.
# Host alias specification
# User alias specification
# Cmnd alias specification
# User privilege specification
root ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
# Allow members of group sudo to execute any command
%sudo ALL=(ALL:ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
# See sudoers(5) for more information on "#include" directives: