Cannot "su" to root


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Cannot "su" to root

Greetings,

I am using Solaris 10 (sparc)

When I try to su to root (giving the correct password), I get the message:
su: sorry

What is preventing me from doing an su to root? I checked the /etc/group
file and I am a member of the sysadmin group (gid=14). All replies are solicited and appreciated! Thanks

RobSand
# 2  
what do the logs say?

can you log on at the console as root?

has someone else changed the password?

does sudo work?
# 3  
Since, I cannot su to root, I cannot view the /var/adm/sulog. I confirmed (asked the sysadmin) that the password has not been changed. Sudo is not enabled on this machine. Thanks!

RobSand
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What does the sysadmin have to say on the matter?
# 5  
u dont have sudo acces/right --- not in the sudoers file
# 6  
Ok guys...this just got "weirder". I logged into the machine in question as my normal userid. I took a shot in the dark and was able to su to root! I cannot explain why all of a sudden I can su to root when I previously could
not. I did check the /var/adm/sulog and did verify my previous unsuccessful attempts to "su to root" several days ago. And no, I most assuredly did not "fat-finger" the keyboard or have the caps lock set to ON during my previous unsuccessful attempts. Do you all know of any logs that I might check which might shed some light on this mystery?

Thanks... And... thanks to all of you who took the time to participate in this thread. If I come up with anything
definitive, I will post my findings...

Rob
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