By default sudo remembers your password for 15 minutes. If you want to change that you can do so by

sudo visudo

This opens an editor and points it to the sudoers file -- Ubuntu defaults to nano, other systems use Vi. You're now a super user editing one of the most important files on your system. No stress!

(Vi specific instructions noted with (vi!). Ignore these if you're using nano)

  • Use the arrow keys to move to the end of the Defaults line.
  • (vi!) press the A (capital "a") key to move at the end of the current line and enter editing mode (append after the last character on the line).

  • Now type

    where X is the timeout expiration in minutes. If you specify 0 you will always be asked the password. If you specify a negative value, the timeout will never expire. E.g. Defaults env_reset,timestamp_timeout=5

  • (vi!) hit Escape to return to command mode. Now, if you're happy with your editing, type in :w <ENTER> to write the file and :q <ENTER> to exit vi. If you made a mistake, perhaps the easiest way is to redo from start, to exit without saving (hit Escape to enter the command mode) and then type :q! <ENTER>.

  • hit CTRL + X, then Y, then <ENTER> to save your file and exit nano.

You might want to read the sudoers and vi manual pages for additional information.

man sudoers

man vi

RootSudoTimeout (last edited 2010-05-17 12:27:59 by Lynne)