Insufficient privileges?

Bayard Bell buffer.g.overflow at
Fri Apr 29 02:42:11 PDT 2011

On 29 Apr 2011, at 02:43, John B Brown wrote:

> Dear Bradley,
> 	There is no root group on my machine, and I added myself to wheel group using 'Preferences.' I left the 'wheel' group sudoers lines untouched. I added my user name to sudoers. "jbb     ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL"
> 	There is no tree '/Local' on my machine. sudo is in the same place. There is no subtree labeled 'Default/Groups.' I use 'locate' for system search. What system are you on? Mine is Snow Leopard;

/Local isn't a directory tree, it's a namespace for DirectoryServices that accesses the BSD files (and some local XML data) for name service and config data. Does dscl actually give you an error when you attempt a command like:

dscl localhost -read /Local/Default/Groups/wheel GroupMembership

If so, what's the error? The diagnostics given here seem exactly what you need to get to the bottom of any problems you're having.

> Bradley Giesbrecht wrote:
>> John, I don't have this NOPASSWD issue. Did you add yourself to the wheel group?
>> pillbox:pixilla brad$ sudo which sudo
>> /usr/bin/sudo
>> pillbox:pixilla brad$ sudo grep -E "^%wheel" /etc/sudoers %wheel	ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
>> pillbox:pixilla brad$ dscl localhost -read /Local/Default/Groups/wheel | grep GroupMembership
>> GroupMembership: root brad
>> Regards,
>> Bradley Giesbrecht (pixilla)
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