newbie needs help

Miles, Karl Karl.Miles at
Tue Oct 31 12:13:51 EST 2000

The error you are reporting is question one in the FAQ.  Here's the question
along with the answer:

Q) Sudo compiles but when I run it I get "Sorry, sudo must be setuid root."
   and sudo quits.
A) Sudo must be setuid root to do its work.  You need to do something like
   `chmod 4111 /usr/local/bin/sudo'.  Also, the filesystem sudo resides
   on must *not* be mounted with the nosuid mount option or sudo will
   not be able to work.  Another possibility is you may have '.' in
   your $PATH before the directory containing sudo.  If you are going
   to have '.' in your path you should make sure it is at the end.


Karl Miles
Computer Security
Littlewoods Retail Limited
+44 (0) 151 235 2760
mailto:karl.miles at

-----Original Message-----
From: MUNRO DONALD [mailto:dj.munro at]
Sent: 31 October 2000 16:57
To: 'sudo-users at'
Subject: newbie needs help

Hi Folks

new to sudo, followed everything on the installation instructions,can't seem
to get it to run. It seems to run as root which is not a lot of help. Get an
error message "sorry , sudo must be setuid root" when I try to run it from
my own login.
All I want to do is set up a group of users who can change passwords (not
root) , cancel print jobs and add users. I am running solaris 2.6 , 2.7 and
2.8 on a variety of sun servers and have installed and compiled sudo-1.6.3p.
Any help would be appreciated


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