Re: How to detect Debian systems w/o root passwd ?
On Fri, Sep 04, 2009 at 03:31:08PM +0200, Giacomo A. Catenazzi wrote:
> Bill Allombert wrote:
>> Dear Debian boot,
>> It is now possible to set up Debian system without a root password.
>> On such system sudo must be used instead of su.
>> What is the canonical way to detect such situation ?
>> My purpose is to change su-to-root to automatically default to sudo mode
>> on such system.
> I would use:
> passwd --status root
> And look if it is expired, locked, or with an invalid password (RTFM
> to interpret the output)
But you need to be root to do that, which kind of defeat the point of
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