[sudo-users] share a sudoers file

DietrichT at schneider.com DietrichT at schneider.com
Tue Nov 22 12:39:51 EST 2005

We also manage our sudoers file in the same manner that Russel described
below.   We have one master copy, and then we use a cron script to scp the
master file to all of our other servers.

Tim Dietrich
Information Security Team
Schneider National, Inc.

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On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 03:15:20PM -0600, Mark F wrote:
> I'd like to share a sudoers file on a smb share amongst several Linux
> boxes.  I thought to put it by itself in the share and set a symlink,
> /etc/sudoers to point to /my/shared/directory/sudoers but visudo
> overwrites the symlink?  How is this normally done?
> Thanks,
> -Mark

Well, it can be done, but what happens if the SMB share is unavailable?
Myself, I have one "master" system that has a local copy of the sudoers
files in it's default place (you can compile it to go elsewhere, too, if
you're so inclined) then use a distribution mechanism to send out local
copies to all machines that need one.  You only need "visudo" to manage
the lock and manage the "safety" and syntax of the file (ie. good
practice in a place where you have multiple admins making modifications
to systems).  Hope that helps...


Russell M. Van Tassell
russell at loosenut.com

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