[LINUX] Problems with `visudo` not working on Ubuntu 18.04 and its workaround

Searching for "no sudo password" etc., I found several ways to edit / etc / sudoers with visudo, but it didn't work in my environment (Ubuntu 18.04). A note of the underlying situation and solution.


I edited / etc / sudoers with visudo and tried to do sudo only for certain commands without a password. But it doesn't work.

Specifically, for example

$ sudo visudo



%sudo  ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
kobalt ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/whoami


Even as

$ sudo whoami
[sudo] password for kobalt:

I will be asked for a password.


Instead of using visudo, create a file under /etc/sudoers.d/ and describe the settings you want to add to it.

$ cd /etc/sudoers.d
$ sudo vim free_whoami


kobalt ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/whoami


$ sudo whoami
root  #No password required


By the way, I ran into this problem during the process of making the key remapper called xkeysnail start up automatically at startup.

Now it seems that you can move the cursor on Ubuntu without moving from the home position.

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