Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
On a UNIX-type system, users can be assigned all kinds of rights, for example access to certain directories or files, executing certain commands etcetera. The “sudo” command overrides these policies by executing the command typed behind it as if the user were an administrator (the Super User) of the system. To prohibit abuse of the command, the user first must type (one of the) administrator password(s) before the command will be executed.
In the comic, Cueball is demanding a sandwich from a friend. Not being properly asked, the friend denies the request. Cueball then (ab)uses the sudo command on the friend, which then has no choice but to go and make the sandwich, because Cueball has all rights. The image text references this abuse, noting that an administrator should set a proper use of the command in order to control his system.
- [Cueball is sitting on a couch, talking to a friend.]
- Cueball: Make me a sandwich.
- Friend: What? Make it yourself.
- Cueball: Sudo make me a sandwich.
- Friend: Okay.
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Note that it is more effective to write "sudo !!" to redo the last command but with sudo added to it. -- Agge.se (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
sudo !! outputs the previous command with sudo into your bash (other shells as well) history, so to bash what you said was "sudo make me a sandwich" not "sudo !!". lcarsos (talk) 16:46, 29 October 2012 (UTC)
sudo requires user password, not admin password, but you need to be in
sudoers file. --JakubNarebski (talk) 12:14, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
- How many people will know the difference? In a typical Ubuntu-family install with only one human user, root doesn't have a password, but the one user who does is a sudoer (and has to use
su to act as root, rather than doing so starting at login). Promethean (talk) 06:08, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
"the user first must type their password" This is not accurate. It is the default, but many domains disable that requirement.
220.127.116.11 06:47, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
I believe the original comic actually read "Sudo bang bang" instead of "Sudo make me a sandwich". Here's a link to what I think is a copy of the original. I'm not sure which of the two is actually the original. 18.104.22.168 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- The words "bang bang" (particularly the first B) look a bit fuzzy/pixelated compared to the rest of the text, which gives me the feeling that it was edited from this one, which is the original. Zowayix (talk) 23:03, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
- If you click on the image (on the Stack Overflow link), it leads you to http://justinsomnia.org/2006/09/sudo-bang-bang/, which says: 'This just occurred to me' [comic] 'Original comic from xkcd by Randall Munroe', implying it was indeed edited. 22.214.171.124 20:42, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
- On a different, but totally related note: Here you can find an aptly named little program with which the charming conversation would be: "Make me a sandwich." - "What? Make it yourself." - "Fuck." - "Okay." 126.96.36.199 08:24, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
Comment: This conversation is an easter egg in Google Now on Android tablet. Using voice search to say "make me a sandwich" will give the reply "what? make it yourself", adding "sudo" will get the response "ok". I assume the Google now implementation came later and is based on xkcd. 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- Siri will also respond "okay" if you say "sudo make me a sandwich:", though she doesn't respond with the XKCD response to "make me a sandwich". 184.108.40.206 13:32, 27 October 2015 (UTC) (MSC)
This reworked for the Make utility:
$ make sandwich
Must be root
$ sudo make sandwich
mv sandwich /etc/sandwich
sandwich installed in /etc
Alexbuzzbee (talk) 02:50, 23 August 2015 (UTC)
- It also reminds me the Star Trek: Voyager episode where Q tampered with the ship's replicators:
- Janeway: "Coffee, black."
- Replicator: "Make it yourself."
(But she didn't try "Sudo coffee, black.") - Mike Rosoft (talk) 18:14, 13 March 2016 (UTC)
- This forfells the advent of Alexa and the other personal home assistants. 220.127.116.11 20:19, 14 October 2017 (UTC)