why am I administrator?

Larry Hall (RFK Partners, Inc) lhall@rfk.com
Wed Jan 10 15:36:00 GMT 2001

At 06:19 PM 1/10/2001, Soren Andersen wrote:
>On 10 Jan 2001, an entity purporting to be Larry Hall (RFK Partners, Inc)
>[Larry Hall (RFK Partners, Inc) <lhall@rfk.com>] wrote [regarding Re: why am I administrator?]
> > 
> > This seems to come up allot.  Maybe we need an FAQ for this?
> > 
>Yes! That we do. I have long been puzzled and am still confused about 
>this. How do I do what Earnie wrote in the previous msg:

I'm definitely left with the impression that while you can edit the 
/etc/passwd file to make sure things get set up properly, the best solution
for those not using 9x is to run mkpasswd.  You should try this if you're
having problems.

>I want to know if I can be another user without actually logging in to NT 
>as somebody else (I don't have anyone else using my machine and I 
>don't want the expenditure of disk space and perhaps loading / boot 
>additional time that I think this increased complexity might cause). I 
>would like to be a different user so that I can build certain packages in a 
>certain way -- logging to bash with a different env set up and ready to go.
>I tried the same thing: I set "USER=soren" in my NT env but bash always 
>recognizes me only as "Administrator".

Running mkpasswd should fix this.  As far as the rest of it is concerned, 
yourebest bet is to read the sections in the user guide regarding NT 
security.  Off-hand, I'm not sure you can actually change your user, 
although you can change your name to anything you like easily by changing
the name that goes with your user id in the /etc/passwd file.  Anyway, 
the user guide will give you better background on NT security and how
that affects your permissions and user options.  Just my opinion but I
doubt the specific information you're looking for will become part of an
FAQ.  The user documentation might be a possibility though (if there's not
already enough in there to answer to this issue).

Larry Hall                              lhall@rfk.com
RFK Partners, Inc.                      http://www.rfk.com
118 Washington Street                   (508) 893-9779 - RFK Office
Holliston, MA 01746                     (508) 893-9889 - FAX

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