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linux – Keeping the fancy sudo warning forever – Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/12/21

Be careful what you do: blindly following Super User can make sudo unavailable: [WayBacklinux – Keeping the fancy sudo warning forever – Super User.

Following the answer archived in the WayBack machine gets you into this situation:

sudo -i
>>> /etc/sudoers.d/privacy: syntax error near line 1 <<<
sudo: parse error in /etc/sudoers.d/privacy near line 1
sudo: no valid sudoers sources found, quitting
sudo: unable to initialize policy plugin

The cause:

I forgot to put a line terminator at the end of the line in the privacy file.

If you do that, then it works fine: add this line INCLUDING A LINE TERMINATOR to /etc/sudoers.d/privacy (any file in that directory will do):

Default lecture=always



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