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    Actions requiring root privileges asks for wrong user

    In our group we use NIS and have a group set up called netadmin which is given root privileges on each machine. Each machine also has a localuser called localuser created and used during installation. When logged in as a member of netadmin, attempting any action that requires root privileges (e.g. installing software in Ubuntu Software Center) results in a prompt asking for localuser's password, not the current user's password.

    Does anyone know the cause? Configuration issue or Ubuntu issue? We can get around it, but it's really annoying.

    thanks

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    Re: Actions requiring root privileges asks for wrong user

    Found a permanent fix. Added netadmin group to AdminIdentities in /etc/polkit-1/localauthority.conf.d/51-ubuntu-admin.conf.

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    Re: Actions requiring root privileges asks for wrong user

    You can look at the sudo manual

    http://www.gratisoft.us/sudo/sudoers.man.html

    See the runas and runaspw
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